Trump Takes Hard Line on Immigration, Rejects 'Horrible' Bipartisan Plan

Frederick Owens
January 18, 2018

The Republican majority and the Republican president, to put a very sharp point on it, have failed to come up with a way we can fund the government and address the vital needs of states and territories, of families and children all over this country.

About 800,000 young people who came to the US illegally as children have been allowed to live, work and go to school legally in the USA under the DACA program, and to serve in the military. Republicans at the meeting mostly have declined to discuss the talks in detail.

Echoing dozens of Democrats, Lewis said he would not vote for any government spending measure until the dreamer issue is settled.

When the Trump administration made the announcement late a year ago, it meant that no one new would be protected under DACA.

Trump has only given his blessing to one plan, authored by House conservatives, a plan aimed squarely at courting GOP votes in the House.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Tuesday the Trump administration has no plans to push back the March 5 expiration date of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program because such a move would be unconstitutional.

"We want to fix DACA in a balanced way so that we don't have the same problem down the road", Ryan said, adding that "good faith negotiations are underway" between congressional leaders from both parties who were scheduled to meet later Wednesday. Given the interest in the uniform, nationwide enforcement of immigration laws, and the impact of terminating the five-year program on DACA recipients, their employers, and educational institutions, he held that a nationwide injunction preventing the federal government from terminating the program on the terms he set forth was an appropriate remedy.

At times visibly upset, Booker said he was "seething with anger" and recalled the "tears of rage" he shed when he first learned of the quote attributed to the President. "We must continue to press on and get a deal".

Sandberg posted shortly after Zuckerbergon Wednesday.

Kelly met with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in a meeting lawmakers described as cordial but revealed the two sides were as far apart as ever.

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"It's the opposite of what I campaigned for", Pres. Trump said. Lindsey Graham of SC, issued a statement that did not specifically confirm the words used but backed up Durbin's account.

In response to a court order, the federal government on Saturday suddenly announced the agency is again accepting renewal applications from young immigrants previously approved for the DACA program providing deportation protections and work permits.

"There's still a lot to do", Short said.

Flake also rejected the president's claim that "Democrats don't really want" a deal.

The impasse between the House and the Democratic-controlled Senate, along with Obama, ended after both chambers passed a Senate-brokered bill that imposed stricter income verification requirements on people obtaining health insurance through Obamacare. The deal had included a pathway to citizenship for the "Dreamers" that would take up to 12 years, as well as $1.6 billion for border security, including Trump's promised wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

There are 51 Senate Republicans in a chamber in which 60 votes are needed to pass major legislation, and GOP leaders are also facing problems in the House, where some Republican members have balked at the prospect of passing another stopgap that does not increase military funding.

Schachtner's win is especially notable in Wisconsin, where Democratic numbers are at their lowest since 1971 in the state Senate and since 1957 in the Assembly.

Durbin, the No. 2 Senate Democrat, told reporters he was personally "fed up" with short-term funding measures and would not vote for it.

"I'm just exhausted of voting for CRs", King said.

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