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Senators shoot down bipartisan immigration bill Trump had threatened to veto

Both Republican and Democratic senators voted Thursday to reject consideration of a bipartisan immigration proposal put together by the so-called "Common Sense Coalition," The New York Times reports. The vote was 54-45, leaving the legislation six votes short of the 60 votes it needed to be considered.

The bill, titled the Immigration Security and Opportunity Act, would have offered a 10-year path to citizenship for DREAMers — young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children — as well as $25 billion over a decade for border security. It would also have curbed family-based immigration, but would not have ended the visa lottery program. President Trump had publicly opposed the bill.

Instead, Trump favored a bill sponsored by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). The Senate overwhelmingly shot that legislation down Thursday in a vote of 39-60.

Trump has informally threatened to veto a bipartisan bill that would just tackle border security and DREAMers, calling it a "dangerous policy that will harm the nation."