From 2700 miles away, Villalobos watched this week's public White House showdown, pitting California Senator Dianne Feinstein against Bakersfield Congressman and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
He called potential DACA legislation a "bill of love" and said "we'd like to see this get done", but also said a new border wall must be in whatever legislation emerges and endorsed a bill expected to be introduced in the House last week that would give him numerous immigration security measures he has been seeking.
The committee chairman said the Catholic leaders are ready to work with Congress and the White House to find a solution, but he also cautioned against including "unrelated, unnecessary or controversial elements of immigration policy" in a fix for DACA.
In Trump's first year in office, border crossings overall have been down, he has given the Border Patrol the ability to do its job - and then there is DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), which Trump chose to end. Unless Congress acts, the pace of expirations will skyrocket in early March, with approximately 1,000 people losing their protections every day. He said opponents of his policies "almost always" win in the federal court district where that judge serves. "The iron is hot".
He also said: "Sadly, Democrats want to stop paying our troops and government workers in order to give a sweetheart deal, not a fair deal, for DACA".
The talks are also tied to negotiations to fund the government, which would shut down on January 20 without at least a short-term deal. For that reason, a resolution to the DACA issue must be part of a global deal on the budget. "And she was in favor of increased immigration".
-Mexican border and other changes to immigration law that are opposed by most congressional Democrats. Those are significant issues that, if passed, would upend decades of US immigration policy.
One White House official, Marc Short, said Trump has not approved the plan.
Immigration advocates said they were somewhat heartened by Mr. Trump's seeming flexibility and stated desire to make a deal.
In exchange, the deal would end extended family "chain migration". In what can be viewed as a legal slap in the face for the president, the judge in his ruling referenced a September tweet by Trump stating that he did want to deport the people impacted by his move to end DACA. Lucero said that often, Republican senators were the ones who took stopped to listen to his story while both Democratic and Republican congress members ignored him by getting on their phones. Trump still wants his border wall, though he's toned down what that means. He indicated at the start of the meeting that his border wall need not stretch across the entire boundary between the United States and Mexico. They'll spend the secondFibonacci Blue on Foter.com / CC BY year trying to save immigrants. But one conservative foe of giving ground acknowledged the impact of Trump's support.
A statement released Thursday evening by the organization says Trump's "decision to use profanity to describe African, Central American and Caribbean countries is not only a low mark for this president, it is a low point for our nation".
"I was definitely surprised because I saw it on my facebook feed".
The president went on to suggest that if Congress failed to protect those Dreamers, he would "revisit the issue", and, ostensibly, protect them himself.
"I think a lot of people would like to see that but I think we have to do DACA first", President Trump responded.
A limited agreement would be good for the illegal immigrants affected and for the country.
AP reporter Jill Colvin contributed.
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