McConnell: I'll work with Democrats on an immigration deal

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that he was willing to work with Democrats on a bipartisan immigration deal, blaming both parties for failing to address the issue.

“I think it’s way past time for us to have an adult bipartisan discussion about our immigration laws and see what we can agree to,” the Kentucky Republican said. “I’m willing to enter into a negotiation to see what we can do to fix the problems.”

McConnell’s openness to working on an immigration deal comes as the Department of Homeland Security has seen a purge in personnel, with the resignation of Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and other senior officials. President Donald Trump has made cracking down on illegal immigration a top priority — his insistence on funding for a southern border wall prompted the recent 35-day government shutdown.