Coons withdraws amendment to stop deportations to unsafe areas

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Sen. Charles SchumerCharles SchumerFormer Gillibrand aide wins NY House primary Senate faces critical vote on Puerto Rico Juan Williams: GOP sounds the sirens over Trump MORE (D-N.Y.), the lead sponsor of the bill, warned that Coons’s amendment was drafted too broadly. Schumer noted that much of Mexico, where more than 12,000 people were killed in drug-related violence last year, could be deemed unsafe under the proposed amendment.

Pro-immigrant advocates expressed dismay over the amendment stalling.

“It is a strong amendment that should not be controversial. I'm hopeful that Sens. Coons and [Jeff] Flake [R-Ariz.] will come back with a tweaked version that easily passes,” said Lynn Tramonte, deputy director of America’s Voice.

The committee also defeated by a vote of 11 to 7 an amendment sponsored by Sen. Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsVeep auditions in overdrive Trump says he turned down offer to speak every night at convention Gingrich, Christie top Trump’s VP list: report MORE (R-Ala.) exempting Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano from having to issue policies governing use-of-force guidelines for Border Patrol officials.

The panel adopted by voice vote an amendment from Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne FeinsteinUS reveals death toll from terror strikes outside war zones House to vote on NRA-backed gun measure Homeland Security Committee pushes encryption commission in new report MORE (R-Calif.) requiring the DHS to set standards to ensure the humane treatment of children in the custody of Customs and Border Protection.