White House Chief of Staff John Kelly spoke to reporters on February 6 about young immigrants eligible for the Obama-era deportation protection program, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. Then he changes his mood as quickly as the White House makes another fake news accusation. Dianne Feinstein’s suggestion that the Dreamers be taken care of first and the rest of the tougher immigration issues could be taken up later.
Coons said Trump’s push to limit legal immigrants’ relatives is the “most divisive and difficult” of his proposals. If we don’t change it, let’s have a shutdown.
“We are closer to an agreement than we have ever been”, said Senator Chuck Schumer of NY, the Democratic leader, referring to the negotiations over raising the spending caps. “Republicans, on the other hand, have some sympathy for the dreamers, but it wouldn’t really bother them that much to see them deported”. The pressure exerted on the Congress – more specifically on the Democrats – is his favorite tool and, with it, the amount of guilt that he claims to attribute to the only party that has sided with the undocumented youth who arrived in the country during childhood (Dreamers). Rep. Barbara Comstock, a Virginia Republican who represents a district with thousands of federal workers, confronted Trump about the remark and urged him to avoid another government shutdown.
Trump weighed in on the subject multiple times via Twitter during the last two days. It also ends family reunification except for spouse and children who are minors. “It’s not as if we hold all the cards here as Republicans”. He’s only the President of the United States, Washington’s biggest obstacle to getting things done.
The minority party agreed to reopen the government until February 8 in exchange for debating in Congress an immigration plan to aid the Dreamers. The DACA recipients have already been vetted, and majority are college students working on an education that will prove valuable to this country.
Federal prosecutors believe MS-13 now has thousands of members across the country, though statistics show they account for just a tiny fraction less than 1 percent of total US gang membership. In return, he has offered to promote merit-based immigration.
He added: “Not another country in the world has the stupidity of laws that we do when it comes to immigration”.
It’s become evidently clear that both Republicans and Democrats are using the immigration debate to leverage their spending wish lists.
The shutdown ended on January 22 when the Senate approved a temporary spending bill to fund the government through February 8.
Each day that Congress does not act on DACA legislation, 122 people lose protection from deportation and a legal job, according to statistics from the Center for American Progress. “So, we’re not going to bring immigration legislation through that the president doesn’t support”.