Trump, Key Lawmakers Negotiating Immigration Policies

Jan 11, 2018, 00:44
Trump, Key Lawmakers Negotiating Immigration Policies

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".

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

President Donald Trump reiterated Tuesday a wall on the southern US border "must" be part of any bill on a permanent solution to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

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 USA under temporary protection.

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Trump declared, counter to everything he campaigned on, that "we don't need a 2,000-mile wall,"and perhaps even fencing would do in some parts, though he later tweeted that a wall must be part of any deal".

Ahead of a bipartisan meeting at the White House Tuesday, the question is becoming whether Democrats can accept some version of a wall (albeit they'd call it something else) in exchange for protections for those who are eligible for DACA.

"Seems to me that Democrats are holding that deal hostage for a DACA negotiation and we are meeting at the White House tomorrow on a bipartisan basis with the President to see what that might look like", said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn.

Congress must separate "the conversation about DACA" from the "larger issues" about USA immigration policy, because allowing the program to expire will lead "to a humanitarian crisis", especially in Los Angeles, said Archbishop Jose H. Gomez. "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. Democrats have threatened to withhold those votes without an immigration agreement.

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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. That judge also said that lawyers have a strong chance of succeeding at trial as the underlying case is still playing out. "We are dealing with this problem today because Congress has failed to enforce our laws and secure our borders".

Besides discussing various proposals for protecting the border, he said, other issues to be debated should include how the country grants visas; what types of guest-worker programs are needed to provide workers, especially for the agricultural industry; and an honest examination of assumptions that immigrants take jobs from Americans.

A group of Democrats are arguing to hold firm on DACA because if things collapse, they would hopefully win the House and have more leverage in 2019.

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