Will immigration benefit from Trump's deal?

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2018

Democrats' calculations on the budget deal could change if the border enforcement piece included fix of existing sections of border fencing and more technology for surveillance.

"There has not been a deal reached yet", said White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Last night, a California judge issued an injunction barring President Trump from scrapping Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that gave DREAMers, immigrants who were brought to the US illegally as minors but have grown up as Americans, a temporary reprieve from deportation. He launched his campaign with a speech that accused Mexico of sending its "rapists" across the border and at one point proposed a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States.

Still, it's unclear how Trump's comments will affect the negotiations for now.

The court ruling comes as Trump and congressional leaders try to work out a deal to protect the immigrants while authorizing more funding for border security measures.

"I think a lot of people would like to see that but I think we have to do DACA first", President Trump responded.

The proposal presented by the bipartisan Gang of Six was a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children - beyond just those who were enrolled in DACA when it ended, according to lawmakers and sources familiar with the meeting.

"Emotionally, like a yo-yo going back and forth", said Casey Bryant, Latino Memphis legal director at immigrant rights center. He didn't say exactly what he believes that should entail.

"E-Verify is the most effective deterrent to illegal immigration because it shuts off the jobs magnet and saves jobs for hardworking Americans", Rep. Lamar Smith, a Republican from Texas, said on the House floor Wednesday.

Conservative media hosts were livid over Trump's meeting with lawmakers Tuesday, saying he'd sold out them out on a top priority. "We are now working to build support for that deal in Congress", wrote Durbin, Graham, Republicans Jeff Flake and Cory Gardner and Democrats Michael Bennet and Bob Menendez. The talks on DACA have become embroiled in negotiations on funding for the federal government, which expires on January 19. Under Trump's initial move, DACA would begin to phase out on March 5 if Congress can not agree to a deal to continue to shield the almost 800,000 young undocumented immigrants.

Republican leaders in Congress have said Dreamers should be dealt with separately from government spending, and many have argued that immediate action is unnecessary since the "deadline" is March 5.

Asked about the remarks, White House spokesman Raj Shah did not deny them.

DICK DURBIN: I am doing my best to get everything I can under the current political circumstances. "The question is if there's the right spirit".

President Donald Trump on Friday dismissed a bipartisan Senate immigration plan as "a big step backwards", saying it would force the United States to admit people from "high crime" countries, digging in on a position critics decried as racist.

Love, the first Haitian-American elected to Congress, whose parents immigrated to the USA in the 1970s, went on to detail her family's ties to one of the countries that was maligned by Trump.

"There's nothing to this but politics", Schumer said.

Trump, meanwhile, is demanding $33 billion over 10 years for enhanced border security, $18 billion of which will go toward building the Great Wall of Trump.

Immigration advocacy groups note that Dreamers meet strict requirements and background checks, and are not eligible for any needs-based government financial support, but pay taxes since their status allows them to work legally.

"Just because the Gang of Six or gang of whatever agrees to something, it's going to have to be vetted by the other members", Louisiana's Sen.

Unfortunately, the White House chose negotiations over one of the more critical issues of our time - control of the border and, thus, genuine sovereignty - to show that the inhabitant of the Oval Office is not stark-raving crackers and, thereby, fit for the presidency.

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