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. A closed-door conference meeting where they presented their short-term funding bill - funds the government until February 16, delays three unpopular taxes from the Affordable Care Act, extends the Children's Health Insurance Program for six years - to plenty of grumbles, but mostly acceptance that it was the only path forward.
With just two days before the U.S. government runs out of money, and President Donald Trump feuding with Democrats over immigration, Republican congressional leaders were left scrambling Wednesday to avoid a federal shutdown.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate would take up the bill as soon as the House approves it.
Less than a week ago Trump said during a televised, bipartisan meeting with lawmakers that he wanted a "bill of love" on immigration. "He has not yet indicated what measure he is willing to sign", McConnell said. Trump denied making the comment in a Twitter posting on Friday, although the White House didn't dispute the quotations after they were widely reported on Thursday. Sen.
"They talk about DACA, but they don't want to help".
"The overwhelming number in our caucus have said they don't like this deal and they believe if we kick the can down the road this time we'll be back where we started from next time", Schumer told reporters.
A bipartisan group of Republican and Democratic senators have been working on a compromise, even announcing last week they had reached a tentative agreement on a bill that would include border security.
"I was told that we had a deal - and the deal was an unacceptable deal". He also wants immigration based more on merit, with rules tightened that allow USA citizens and residents to bring in relatives overseas.
Meanwhile, members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus met with White House officials including chief of staff John Kelly early Wednesday in a bid to break the impasse on immigration and find a permanent solution for the dreamers.
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It was unclear if any progress was made in the unofficial meetings with a representative of a prominent Afghan politician. Pakistan believes that the economic and security assistance figures quoted by the president were off the mark.
California Attorney General. Xavier Becerra, who brought one of the lawsuits against the administration on DACA, disputed Trump's assertion and urged Democrats not to accept any deals that add "bad stuff" related to border security. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., implicitly affirmed Durbin's account.
Menendez said he hoped it was clear to Kelly that "they're going to have to come more to the center if they truly want a fix".
Congressional Democrats on Wednesday dug in on their threats to reject any government funding bill that isn't paired with protection for thousands of young immigrants - a hard-line stance celebrated by liberal groups who have shrugged off risks of a government shutdown.
"There's still a lot to do", Short said. Richard J. Durbin (D-IL) (January 12, 2018), Trump displayed his true colors about black and brown immigrants by referring to African countries, Haiti and El Salvador as "shithole countries".
Senate Republicans leaders have convinced themselves Democrats will have to peel off to support the spending package the House would send over.
He did not blame Trump by name, but said there is "frustration overall" with Washington.
"We gave you every penny you asked for", Durbin countered.
The district in northwestern Wisconsin - a mix of rural areas, small towns and two larger college towns just across the St. Croix River from Minnesota's Twin Cities - has trended deeply Republican for years.
"I have been very patient with this line of questioning" she said. "Enough is enough", he said. "Conservatives were also threatening to balk".