>> The Yeas are 54, the Nays are 45. The motion is not agreed to.>> Four immigration bills up for a rare vote in the Senate Thursday, all four failing to muster enough votes to pass, dealing a setback to efforts to find a compromise before protections run out for young illegal immigrants known as Dreamers.
Even before the voting, President Donald Trump on Thursday rejected the bill with the most hope of passing. The bill, led by Republican Senator Susan Collins, would have protected the Dreamers from deportation and tightened border security. The White House saying it would weaken enforcement of current law and produce a flood of illegal immigration.
>> It's an amnestry that's far broader than the DACA program. Not 700,000, not 1.8 million, but over 3 million people.>> Democratic leader Chuck Schumer laid the blame for its failure squarely on Trump.>> President Trump has failed this test of leadership spectacularly.>> Three of the defeated bills revived partisan efforts to find an immigration compromised.
But the fourth was a Republican attempt to punish so called sanctuary cities that do not cooperate with federal immigration enforcement efforts. Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, agreed to allow an open debate on immigration for the first time in five years in a deal with Democrats to end last month's three day government shutdown.
Republicans need support from Democrats to secure the necessary 60 votes to get any immigration reform bill through the closely divided Senate. And so far, no bill has come close to meeting that test.