CNN VAN - The immigration debate is officially underway with a lot to negotiate.
Senate leaders of both parties appeared together at the University of Louisville on Monday.
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“We know that this week will be a test of whether the Senate can steer the ship of state through the stormiest of waters,” Senator Chuck Schumer said.
They're waters that have been tried time and time again and, on Monday night, republicans declared they would only allow immigration to be debated on the senate floor for a week.
“In this country we've come together to do what needed to be done,” Senator Mitch McConnell said.
What's on the table here?
"Our framework generously offers a path to citizenship for 1.8 illegal immigrants who were brought here by their parents at a young age,” President Trump said during his State of the Union address.
President Trump proposed a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants in exchange for $25 billion for border security including his long-promised wall.
A republican bill is already been put forward encompassing those guidelines plus sharp cuts to family-based migration, ending the diversity lottery program and giving federal authorities enhanced enforcement powers.
It's expected to be one of several amendments the senate will consider this week.
Democrats are against cuts to family migration and ending the diversity visa program.
“Even in this very divisive political climate, the Senate can be the place where the business of the nation gets done,” Senator Mitch McConnell said.
However, for any measure to pass it will take 60 votes, which requires support from both republicans and democrats on a DACA issue that's already proven to be divisive.