Trump accuses Democrats of being all-talk, no-action on DACA fix

Sergio Conner
January 14, 2018

"There's no agreement with the President, the President is the one who has to sign it into law, so there's no deal yet", said Sen.

"We've got this bipartisan group, we're at a deal", the senator said, according to NBC News.

If, on the other hand, White House aides again explain that notwithstanding all appearances their boss was really insisting on conditions, we've just skipped backward two steps in the process.

DACA recipient Luis Serrano, a spokesman for the California Youth Immigrant Justice Alliance, said some Dreamers are more hopeful that others.

Shortly after Flake's comments, a spokesman for Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Sen. Durbin is a member of the bipartisan group and an early proponent of legislation to shield those immigrants. National media outlets reported the bill is unlikely to be passed by the Senate in its current form.

Trump met with 15 Republicans and 10 Democrats at the White House. Federal agencies will shut down unless lawmakers pass a bill financing them by January 19, and legislators are also trying to reach agreement on a budget deal financing government for the rest of this year. Democratic lawmakers are needed to help pass any spending bills to prevent a government shutdown.

As DACA recipients wait for the courts to work through the issue, Tullius said they're already standing up, which RAICES encourages.

Texas Senator John Cornyn, the second ranking member of Senate Republicans, says he'd be surprised if an immigration deal can be completed by then.

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Lawmakers are under a March 5 deadline - imposed by Trump - to come up with a legal fix to the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Then-President Barack Obama created DACA by executive order in 2012, but Trump announced past year that he was discontinuing it and gave lawmakers until March 5 (when the program is set to expire) to come up with a permanent legislative solution for these young migrants, who otherwise could face deportation even though for many of them the USA is the only country they have ever called home.

On Wednesday, several House Republicans released their own hardline immigration bill.

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Democrats are unlikely to agree to some of those measures.

In his White House meeting with lawmakers, Trump signaled that he was open to more comprehensive immigration reform to address millions of other undocumented people living in the shadows, as long as Democrats are willing to countenance greater border security, including through a wall with Mexico. He stressed the need for "surveillance" and "manpower" in tandem with that.

It would also make headway toward reforming family-based immigration - sometimes referred to as "chain migration" - by offering three-year, renewable work permits to the parents of Dreamers, but making them ineligible to be sponsored for citizenship.

Eventually, Trump is going to need to decide how he actually feels about protecting Dreamers: Is it the urgent necessity that he called on Congress to pass, or an odious concession that is only acceptable when paired with a restrictionist revolution in American immigration policy?

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