Republicans say effort to help 'Dreamer' immigrants advances

Cheryl Sanders
January 15, 2018

"If we do this properly, DACA, you're not so far away from comprehensive immigration reform", the president said Tuesday.

Earlier Graham had said he was talking to the White House about what he thinks is a bipartisan proposal.

While bipartisan lawmakers are negotiating on spending and immigration, the federal government is slated to run out of money next Friday.

DACA has protected about 800,000 people who were brought to the USA illegally as children or came with families who overstayed visas. How surprising was it that President Trump reacted so negatively to this deal? And as NPR congressional correspondent Scott Detrow reports, there's also the hard work of selling a bill to the lawmakers who will need to vote on it.

Even as a group of six Senators said they had their own agreement, and key lawmakers in both parties in Congress expressed hope for a bipartisan plan to shield illegal immigrant "Dreamers" from deportation, there was still no deal on Thursday which had won the final support of President Donald Trump, as the White House said he wasn't backing down from his call for a bill that deals with the DACA program and immigration enforcement.

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz told CNN flatly he couldn't imagine supporting anything the group came up with. Trump, who had made clear he has no appetite for deporting the dreamers, would then have to capitulate - and Democrats could get a better deal for the dreamers.

"We are now working to build support for that deal in Congress", they added.


We first introduced you to Diana Platas in September when her home was gutted because of Hurricane Harvey and her chances of staying in the USA were slim.

Republicans like Pennsylvania Congressman Lou Barletta on the other.

"We are going to take a strong look at our country's libel laws, so that when somebody says something that is false and defamatory about someone, that person will have meaningful recourse in our courts", Mr Trump said to reporters as he attended a cabinet meeting. We need the wall for safety.

DETROW: Of course the bill doesn't have to pass unanimously.

And the GOP's nativist wing was aghast that he might dare consider regularizing the status of immigrants here illegally, something that Americans, according to the polls, overwhelmingly accept must happen at some point. Some want big reductions in legal immigration, too. Yes, he wants a "bill of love" that would address DACA recipients, and yes, Trump wants border security.

United We Dream also fired off a tweet praising conservative Sen.

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SANAA ABRAR: It is completely unfair and honestly immoral to use the lives of DACA recipients and undocumented youth as bargaining chips for these anti-immigrant priorities. The Democratic-led Senate and the White House wanted to maintain funding levels.

DETROW: Abrar is waiting to see the final details. And, Chuck, I will say when this group comes back - hopefully with an agreement - this group and others from the Senate, from the House comes back with an agreement, I'm signing it.

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin and Republican Sen.

But the bipartisan "Group of Six", which included numerous same players that negotiated the hard right's much maligned 2013 immigration bill - was being squeezed even before Thursday.

A White House spokeswoman says a judge's ruling against the Trump administration involving a program that protects young immigrants is "outrageous".

Around 10:15 a.m., Trump returned Durbin's call and was told about the main elements of the deal. It's what I'm forced to accept because of the realities.


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