The Trump administration announced in September that it would end the Obama-era program, which prevents the deportation of undocumented people who arrived in the U.S.as children, also known as Dreamers.
President Donald Trump met with a bipartisan group of senators Thursday, provocatively saying the United States should decline to admit immigrants from Haiti and African countries, or as he described them, "shithole countries". "And we do that in this legislation, but we also honor the commitment the president made to couple it with securing our borders and ending chain migration".
Alsup said that reasoning was flawed because the agency and administration do have the authority to implement the program, which allows children brought to the country as undocumented immigrants stay and work legally for two-year intervals. Since the program began phasing out in the fall, those whose protections expired had been unable to renew.
USA president Donald Trump has criticised a court order blocking his plan to phase out support for so-called "dreamers" and described the U.S. court system as "broken and unfair". The Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals, which has blocked several versions of Trump's travel ban and is considered a more liberal court, would hear a potential appeal to Alsup's decision.
But whether the President's opposition is willing to give him what he wants in regards to the wall and immigration reform in order to get that clean Dream Act passed, is anybody's guess. "The iron is hot".
"You could take out of it whatever you wanted because he said so many contradictory things in the span of 55 minutes", he says.
Some other lawmakers who have been engaged in the negotiations were also optimistic; others said no deal had yet been reached. 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.
"The so-called bipartisan DACA deal presented yesterday to myself and a group of Republican Senators and Congressmen was a big step backwards".
But the agreement doesn't necessarily have support of the GOP leadership. Durbin is blunt. He says he doesn't love making all the tradeoffs Republicans are demanding.
Only the most rigid opponent of immigration could fail to see that these young people, an estimated 800,000, were brought to this country through no fault of their own.
"Any solution has to include the wall because without the wall, it all doesn't work", Trump told reporters at the White House.
"This carefully crafted legislation, which is aligned with the White House's immigration priorities, combines enforcement measures and increased border security to enhance public safety, ensure the door remains open to law-abiding immigrants, and restore the rule of law", Goodlatte said in a written statement. The Congressional Black Caucus is expected to oppose any end to the diversity visa, however, because it would end most immigration from Africa.
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