GOP accuses Dems of holding budget deal hostage over DACA

President Donald Trump held a rare open meeting with lawmakers on immigration policy in the Cabinet Room of the White House on Tuesday allowing the press to watch legislative sausage being made firsthand
Trump, Key Lawmakers Negotiating Immigration Policies
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11 January, 2018

She said negotiations will center on what immigration compromises Trump might be willing to make with Democrats because "Republicans will by and large vote for anything the president supports".

Led by Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul, the bill would curtail chain migration and end the Diversity Visa Lottery, which President Trump said is critical to any deal.

Congress must pass spending legislation by January 19 to prevent a federal shutdown.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge William Alsup granted a request by California and other plaintiffs to prevent Trump from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program while their lawsuits play out in court.

Donohue's referring to immigrants who came to the United States illegally when they were children - and also to immigrants from countries affected by natural disaster or war, and now living in the US under temporary protection.

"We can do a great wall-you need the wall", Trump said after a question from Sen. Wall funding wasn't included in a stopgap year-end funding bill, nor was it ever considered when Democrats thought they'd struck a deal on DACA with Trump this fall.

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The development comes as the White House and lawmakers are wrangling over immigration reform, with Democrats demanding protections for Dreamers.

The comments from the New York Democrat come a day after Trump and top lawmakers used a White House meeting to agree to pursue a deal on those immigrants. "Brought to this country as children by undocumented parents or family members, they are not "illegal" through any fault of their own", Archbishop Gomez wrote.

The Obama-era program shielded those brought to the USA illegally as children from deportation and gave them the right to work legally.

"And during their lifetime, leaders in Washington have not been able to reach an agreement to fix the broken immigration system that allowed them to enter in the first place".

The wall now represents a complicated political question for Republicans and Democrats. "It is part of a system that will include technology and include more border patrol and it's going to have to be integrated along the entire border and northern border as well so yeah, it's going to be part of it, but what I want to see is a comprehensive security solution and not just focus on one component". They know that for every three they can get to the polls, at least two of them will vote Democrat.

"An issue of this magnitude must go through the normal legislative process", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement to Fox News Wednesday. "We are dealing with this problem today because Congress has failed to enforce our laws and secure our borders". And over the weekend, Trump told reporters "we all want DACA to happen, but we also want great security for our country". How can the GOP give Trump a win on the wall without alienating Democrats from a bipartisan solution on DACA?


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