Democrats Want Protection For DREAMers Included In Government Funding Bill

Frederick Owens
December 9, 2017

Congress plans to discuss immigration before year's end.

Though the end to chain migration is tacked onto an amnesty, by greatly reducing legal immigration levels, where the US now admits more than 1 million immigrants a year, American wages would rise and blue-collar USA workers would be relieved from having to compete with the current immigrant-flooded labor market.

Amid the high stakes poker now being played in Congress over what to do about the beneficiaries of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a comment by President Trump was interpreted to mean that there would be agreement on how to provide some form of permanent amnesty for them.

This fall, President Trump ended DACA protections for immigrants brought to the U.S.as children, which has caused outrage amongst immigrants and Democrats in Congress. "I believe that it is vitally important that we take the steps necessary to enforce the (immigration) laws on the books that work, and I believe that it is vitally important that Congress fixes the laws that need to be fixed so that we can keep the pipeline open".

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer appeared to recognize the relative unpopularity of threatening a shutdown Tuesday, when he told reporters that he didn't think the DACA issue would trip up negotiations on a spending bill.

Those who would qualify for the clean Dream Act would have entered the US before reaching 18 years old, have been in USA for 4 years and can pass a background check, according to the National Immigration Law Center (NILC). They want a path to citizenship, and they say they're exhausted of waiting. They are advocating for Congress to pass the Dream Act, a pathway to permanent residence for immigrants.

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SNELL: That's California Democrat Kamala Harris speaking at an immigration rally outside the Capitol today.

"We are more than papers!" one sign read.

"There will be no inhumane bargaining deals like funding for the border wall and private prisons for detained immigrants and no surveillance", Contra Costa College economics major Oscar Martinez said. That's why activists like Jeremy Robbins of the group New American Economy say this is a ideal time for Congress to act.

In addition to the human cost of such strict immigration policies, rescinding DACA makes very little sense financially, especially considering Illinoi's budget issues. "Listen to the majority of Americans, because this country, the only country I have ever known, is great and a long term solution for us will only make her greater".

SNELL: His group is working with people on the right and the left.

"There's not going to be a government shutdown", McConnell said on ABC's This Week on Sunday. It amounted to a pair of rooms where lawmakers could tape messages to be aired back home. Whether that can happen without shutting down the government might become clearer tomorrow when Trump meets with congressional leaders at the White House.

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