Time running out for dreamers, Congress works to reach DACA agreement

FILE- Protesters opposing President Donald Trump’s plan to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program outside Trump International Hotel in New York Sept. 9 2017. After the White House issued hard-line immigration demands hopes

Time running out for dreamers, Congress works to reach DACA agreement

Trump has dug in on his demand that any consideration for youthful immigrants brought illegally to the U.S.as children be conditioned on building his promised wall across the 2,000-mile length of the USA border.

Congressional leaders are to meet Wednesday with Trump about several key issues, including protecting the young immigrants from deportation.

There needs to be proper time to train people to ensure that applications are properly reviewed, they wrote, saying that when the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was established, it took almost three months before the first applications were approved. Trump announced in September that he was ending the Obama-era program, but told Congress to draft a law to continue protections for people brought to the country illegally as children - a group that has widespread public support.

If Congress doesn't come up with a deal on DACA, Cho fears that he will be forced to leave the place he's called home for 17 years. But lawmakers punted, voting to keep the government open until early January and leaving that and other decisions on disaster aid and a popular child health-care program for the new year.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the gathering will focus on "the next steps on responsible immigration reform". Senate [m] inority [l] eader Chuck Schumer and House [m] inority [l] eader Nancy Pelosi [] plan to do just that and raise DACA, among other issues, according to a Democratic aide and a letter that Pelosi sent Tuesday to House Democrats.

Doug Jones won a special election last month in Alabama to claim a seat long held by Republicans, while Tina Smith was appointed to replace Minnesota Democrat Al Franken, who resigned over a series of sexual misconduct allegations.

However, Trump delayed the implementation of his own directive, giving Congress time to come up with a legislative alternative. The last effort to enact a comprehensive immigration overhaul failed in 2013, when the Senate - then controlled by Democrats - voted to create a path to legal status for 11 million undocumented immigrants in the US and to spend $46 billion to secure the U.S. With a January 19 deadline rapidly approaching, Democrats are again looking to pressure the GOP.

"Republicans are using dreamers for leverage, not Dems", he tweeted. "The president has given us to March to address it".

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"Hopefully, everything is going to work out very well", Trump said. "You saw that recently in NY along the West Side Highway", Trump said. Whether they stay or go is at a turning point.

Among the GOP senators meeting with Trump was Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.), who has been supportive of immigration reform efforts that offer a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

Democrats are skeptical that the White House will release their specifics next week. Dick Durbin of IL told ABC News "we have a long way to go".

"The Democrats have been told, and fully understand, that there can be no DACA without the desperately needed WALL at the Southern Border and an END to the awful Chain Migration & ridiculous Lottery System of Immigration etc". On the campaign trail, he called it "illegal amnesty" and promised to terminate the program immediately if elected.

The pair will take their oaths of office shortly after the Senate convenes at noon (1700 GMT) Wednesday, with Vice President Mike Pence scheduled to conduct the swearing-in.

The meeting Wednesday is created to discuss a deal on budget caps on domestic and military spending with the White House legislative chief and director of the Office of Management and Budget.

"We need to solve this problem quickly and if we solve it this month, that'd be great", Hurd said. "We see the drugs pouring into the country, I wouldn't do a DACA plan without a wall". Bipartisan negotiations on a deal are still ongoing.

Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies predicts the extremism of the Democratic base will make it impossible for progressives to strike a deal, even if that deal serves their interests. Failing to pass the DREAM Act means that across the country children will be left without parents, students without teachers, and more. "Let's get the facts straight".

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