Congress' immigration push sputters as guns grab attention

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Congress' immigration push sputters as guns grab attention
Protesters are arrested as they block the streets near the Capitol and the Supreme Court in Washington, Thursday, March 1, 2018. It’s taken just two weeks for Washington’s battle over helping young immigrants to fade from blistering to back-burner. Congress now seems likely to do little or nothing this election year on an effort that’s been eclipsed by Congress’ new focus on guns, bloodied by Senate defeats and relegated to B-level urgency by a Supreme Court ruling. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s taken just two weeks for Washington’s immigration battle to fade from blistering to back-burner.

Lawmakers now seem likely to do little or nothing this election year on an effort that’s been eclipsed by Congress’ new focus on guns. The immigration effort has also been bloodied by Senate defeats and relegated to B-level urgency by a Supreme Court ruling.

There were talks that sought a broad bipartisan package offering a chance for citizenship to young immigrants brought to the country illegally, as part of a package handing President Donald Trump billion to erect a wall with Mexico. But those talks have gone dormant.