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Coons withdraws amendment to stop deportations to unsafe areas

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Sen. Charles SchumerCharles SchumerSenate Dems hold out on spending deal, risking shutdown Dems see ’18 upside in ObamaCare repeal Confirm Gary Richard Brown for the Eastern District of New York 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 SessionsSenate clears water bill with Flint aid, drought relief Critics of Jeff Sessions's LGBT case don't know their history (or his) Senate sets date for hearings on Sessions's attorney general nomination 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 FeinsteinSenate sets date for hearings on Sessions's attorney general nomination Senators move to protect 'Dreamers' Mika Brzezinski: Clinton camp wanted me off the air MORE (R-Calif.) requiring the DHS to set standards to ensure the humane treatment of children in the custody of Customs and Border Protection.