Time is running out for President Trump and Congress to negotiate a deal to protect young, undocumented immigrants from getting deported and to fund the government, but on Friday, the back and forth over whether the president actually called African nations and Haiti "shithole countries" complicated the talks and further damaged Trump's standing on Capitol Hill. The deal also calls for allocating $1.6 billion for structures including a wall for border security.
Government funding expires on January 19, and Democrats say they will support legislation to keep the government operating only if the legislation includes plans to protect "dreamers", who were brought illegally to the country as children. "It's a pine needle".
"As a nation, we have a moral and humanitarian obligation to the 'Dreamers.' These young people have done nothing wrong". In order to get 60 votes, you've got to have a bipartisan bill. But she added, "We haven't quite gotten there, but we feel like we're close". That too has wide bipartisan support. "We are going to undo any good we can possibly do otherwise", said Rohrabacher. "It's 50 percent plus one in the House", Tillis said.
Aside from running candidates across the board, also working in the Democrats' favour is Mr Trump's high unpopularity rating, and the fact that historically after a presidential election the party in opposition usually picks up seats in the midterms. "It's got to include the wall. And we need to have this conversation". I want to stop the massive inflow of drugs.
Complicating the talks, Republicans on Wednesday released a flurry of new legislation created to placate concerns of conservatives wary of a potential bipartisan deal - and to address the fate of hundreds of thousands of other people living in the country under temporary legal protection.
However, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., rejects the premise of the discussions. Raúl Labrador, R-Idaho, and Martha McSally, R-Ariz., on Wednesday unveiled a conservative plan that would grant dreamers an opportunity to apply for a legal residency that would be renewed every three years. Steve King and Louie Gohmert, who seemingly agreed with Democratic arguments that the agriculture bill would actually accomplish the opposite of what Republicans argue for and allow employers to hire foreign labor below average American wage levels.
Asked earlier Thursday about preliminary reports that the senators were nearing an agreement, White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders said there has not been a deal reached yet, but the president is hopeful. It gives several hundred thousand people from countries struggling with natural disasters or armed conflicts the right to live and work in the U.S. Trump has curtailed it for people from El Salvador, Haiti, Sudan and Nicaragua.More news: 5 officers killed in Kenya Al-Shabaab attack
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in September that the Trump administration would wind down the DACA program.
If, on the other hand, White House aides again explain that notwithstanding all appearances their boss was really insisting on conditions, we've just skipped backward two steps in the process.
The deal also would include restrictions on a program allowing immigrants to bring some relatives to the U.S.
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. Bob Goodlatte, Kevin McCarthy and Mario Diaz-Balart were also at the Trump meeting on Thursday.
The reported comments angered among Democrats and Republicans and revived questions about Trump's tendency to make racially charged remarks.
Kari Hong, an assistant professor at Boston College Law School who supervises a law clinic in the 9th Circuit, said Alsup's ruling signaled the Trump administration couldn't rescind DACA without a solid reason.
The cost to file a renewal application will be the same as before, $495. But others said they risked losing the hefty application fee and anxious that some immigrants would fall prey to fraud.
A 10- or 12-year pathway to citizenship for DREAMers, the length depending on whether they'd applied for protections already or not.