Rep. Poliquin Urges DACA Solution Before Years' End

Alicia Farmer
December 7, 2017

Even Trump, who frequently disparages undocumented immigrants, has expressed some sympathy.

Costello said then that Congress should act soon and not wait until the deadline draws near, describing the need for "a humane, permanent and constitutional solution". "We don't want to have that". But it may not be enough to get the DREAM Act passed. Among them were Representatives Luis Gutierrez (D-Illinois) and Judy Chu (D-California).

But inside the Capitol building, the Dreamer issue remained at a standstill.

Immigration rights advocate Frank Sharry, executive director of America's Voice Education fund, called it "a witch's brew of nativist poison pills topped by a stingy, temporary three-year reprieve for those with DACA".

"I don't know what's going to happen", Angeles said. "You can't do it ― it's got to be this year".

Some Democrats and one Republican, Rep.

"These Dreamers have that same dream and should have the opportunity to contribute to American life just like my kids do", she said. Dick Durbin, say they will use the threat of a government shutdown to force Republicans include DACA protections in a must-pass spending bill.

Just one month ago, 23 percent of swing voters said DACA amnesty was a "top priority" for Congress, as Breitbart News reported, revealing a three percent decline in support by Independents for amnesty.

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Ryan also noted that, in addition to health care, the GOP plans to work on reforming the USA welfare system. "I'm heartened to see bipartisan support for these dreamers".

"There's a growing chorus with a simple message for Congress - step up and fix our broken immigration system, starting with a fix for Dreamers", John Feinblatt, president of New American Economy (NAE) said in a statement emailed to the Louisiana Record. "It's a critical issue".

Though the end to chain migration is tacked onto an amnesty, by greatly reducing legal immigration levels, where the US now admits more than 1 million immigrants a year, American wages would rise and blue-collar USA workers would be relieved from having to compete with the current immigrant-flooded labor market.

Trump plans to meet with Democratic and Republican leaders from both chambers Thursday at the White House.

Threatening my safety and almost 800,000 Dreamers like myself in exchange for a "deal" that includes a 50 percent reduction to annual immigration levels, a dramatic ramp up of enforcement amounting to a deportation force that will devastate our economy, separate families and swoop up our coworkers and neighbors who enrich our lives, is not compassionate nor reasonable.

McConnell and Ryan each said in the past week that it was not an immediate necessity to address the DACA program, which Trump rescinded in September with a call for Congress to act by March 2018. But his decision to terminate DACA, combined with Congress' failure to act, puts the lives of nearly 800,000 hardworking young people at risk.

At Sacramento State, University President Robert Nelsen put his signature on a petition to Congress, urging lawmakers to take action before 2017 ends.

Democrats have made that path to citizenship central to their DACA proposal, arguing that without it, people allowed to live and work in the United States permanently would essentially become second-class citizens.

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