Congress is now halfway to deadline for DREAM Act legislation

Congress is now halfway to deadline for DREAM Act legislation

President Donald Trump threatened a government shutdown and blamed Democrats for immigration problems linked to crime.

Thirty-four House Republicans sent a letter Tuesday to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) calling for a solution to save 800,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals beneficiaries from deportation before the end of the year.

"Approximately 1,000 DACA recipients - including the 9700 who live in the state of Utah - will begin losing their work permits each day", Wheelwright said.

Ciriac Alvarez Valle, a 22-year-old woman who immigrated to Utah from Mexico with her family as a 5-year-old, works with high school students who are going to be first-generation college students. "We've got to cut that out". And around the country, innocent people languish in prisons with the threat of deportation looming over their heads, such as Siham Byah, a single mother and a college student who has been living in the USA for 18 years and is on a hunger strike after ICE placed her in custody on November 7 in MA.

"Clearly a long-term and permanent solution would be better, in my view", said Cornyn.

Republican lawmakers on Tuesday introduced legislation that would extend DACA for three years. Republican leaders have shown little inclination to do anything for Dreamers immediately, and it's not clear whether Democrats have the votes to force the issue as part of a government funding bill that must pass by Friday, or in a subsequent bill if Congress approves a two-week funding extension.

Activists and Democratic leaders immediately decried the legislation.

The Colcom Foundation presently provides generous donations to these organizations, and according to the Center for New Community's resource Who's Behind the Plot Against DACA, have since 2006, pumped more than $53 million into the anti-immigrant movement.

During a panel on the DREAM Act, O'Rourke said with budget negotiations going on to fund the government for the next nine months, it is the flawless time to try and leverage support for the DREAM Act.

Some Democrats are demanding a legislative fix to protect what Dreamers already have. Congress has three months to find a legislative solution.

In addition to Taylor, signatories on the letter were Reps. Will Hurd, R-Texas, whose competitive House district is almost 70 percent Latino.

Denham is one of 34 House Republicans urging his leadership for a vote on DACA.

In the Senate, the political landscape is very different. DACA is less of a priority.

"If we don't have a solution by the end of this year we are going to see a human tragedy play out in our state, our community and our country", Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams said. At that time, 35 percent of swing-voters supported a quick amnesty for DACA illegal aliens.

She has talked with restaurant owners who said they would keep their establishments open longer if they had enough employees, she said. He criticized Democrats for holding the government hostage over DACA.

As a PhD student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Irvine, and a DACA recipient, I can tell you that the current post-truth society that we are living in makes it very hard to have a balanced bipartisan debate on immigration and just about every other issue.

That moves comes after Republican negotiators warned earlier this week that a DACA fix isn't happening without border security. It's one thing to hear about (immigrants) on TV or from Trump.

"Put bluntly", Sharry continued, "the Grassley-Cornyn bill says, 'give us everything we want in exchange for nearly nothing you want, deal?'"

The pronouncement, which comes as lawmakers are wrangling with a major tax overhaul and negotiations for the 2018 budget, threatens to widen the divide in the Republican caucus over how and when to address the DACA question.

In a statement, McClintock said any reform must include the building of a border wall, along with other security measures.

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