Democrats, make a deal with Trump to protect DREAMers

Cheryl Sanders
January 18, 2018

There is still a chance of another kick-the-can-down-the-road extension of federal funding, similar to delays in September and December, but a government shutdown is becoming likelier, according to policy analysts. The latest measure expires on Friday.

President Barack Obama created the DACA programme in 2012 to give young Caribbean and other immigrants the ability to work legally in the United States. Republicans at the meeting mostly have declined to discuss the talks in detail. Yet through the weekend, Trump has inferred on Twitter that the conversation is over and Democrats are to blame.

President Donald Trump promised that his administration is "working on it" as he faced a flurry of questions Wednesday about discussions to reach an immigration deal and fund the government. Meadows said Tuesday night that the House Freedom Caucus either wanted to see a one-year defense funding bill attached to the short-term continuing resolution - a nonstarter when the caucus pushed for it in December - or wanted to see Republican leaders include more funding of defense anomalies. "He has not yet indicated what measure he is willing to sign", McConnell said. The talks come after Trump ordered the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to expire in March. Congress continues to negotiate a permanent fix.


"It just shows everyone how broken and unfair our Court System is when the opposing side in a case (such as DACA) always runs to the 9th Circuit and nearly always wins before being reversed by higher courts", Trump tweeted after the order came out. That said, since I was born in this country and am privileged-as a scholar with a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley-to exercise my First Amendment rights without fear of state repression (it might still occur!), I can't chide the undocumented youth who desperately sought/seek temporary protections to live, work and pursue higher education without the cloud of terror following their every move.

Negotiations on immigration were to resume Wednesday but Marc Short, a top White House aide, said an agreement was very unlikely to come this week.

Kelly met with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in a meeting lawmakers described as cordial but revealed the two sides were as far apart as ever.


"I think the President is encouraging us to go as quickly as we can", answered Secretary Nielsen, who said Mr. Trump also wanted to close a variety of loopholes in immigration law, to dissuade people to come to the USA illegally. Lindsey Graham, Republican of SC. Democratic leaders said they would not promise to vote to keep the government open past Friday without a plan to preserve a program that protects the young immigrants known as "Dreamers". He said his bill was the only way to get the 60 votes required for passage in the Senate. He says Trump is being "completely rational" in demanding that such a bill have stronger border security provisions.

Schachtner's win is especially notable in Wisconsin, where Democratic numbers are at their lowest since 1971 in the state Senate and since 1957 in the Assembly. "We want what we want, '" he said.

Flake said he was in a meeting immediately following the one in which the president made the alleged comments, with some of the same participants.


"I'm just exhausted of voting for CRs", King said. "Enough is enough", he said. "Conservatives were also threatening to balk". There's been some good bipartisan momentum on legislation recently. DACA also reduced the number of undocumented immigrants in poverty, has no negative effect on employment for native-born Americans, and a majority of economists have found DACA to have either positive or no effect on the overall economy.

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