Democrats Want Protection For DREAMers Included In Government Funding Bill

Democrats Want Protection For DREAMers Included In Government Funding Bill

Democrats Want Protection For DREAMers Included In Government Funding Bill

This relatively popular category of roughly 800,000 undocumented immigrants, brought into the country illegally as children, has been exposed to deportation since Donald Trump revoked Barack Obama's DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, which provided for protection from prosecution and access to work permits.

Costello, whose 6th District is based in Chester County, and Fitzpatrick, who represents the Bucks County-based 8th District, were among 13 House Republicans who stood together at a press conference last month seeking a vote to resolve the DACA issue.

Dozens of House Republicans are calling for a permanent legislative solution this month for the young immigrants temporarily shielded from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

In addition, anyone who has DACA would be immediately granted Conditional Permanent Resident (CPR) status.

As the NAE's iMarch for Immigration got underway, Trump's administration continued to seek a DACA deal with Congress by year's end.

"My hope for the future is for everyone to understand what we have been through", Ruiz said.

About 800,000 undocumented immigrants are now protected under the program, including more than 223,000 Californians. "They then go on to write, "(DACA recipients) are American in every way except their immigration status".

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Democrats and some Republicans have called for approving a solution for those in limbo sooner rather than later, with Tuesday's letter from Republicans stating that "not acting is creating uncertainty and anxiety amongst immigrant communities".

Republican leaders have promised to pass some kind of immigration bill early next year.

House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have both said in recent days that they don't consider it urgent legislation.

"There is no crisis", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told ABC News on Sunday.

"America has to have a heart", Nelsen added.

Rodriguez, whose dad came to the USA from Mexico when he was 20 to work in the fields, said "when I see the "Dreamers" I see myself, starting out full of hope and ready to take on the world".

Senate progressives with secure seats are prepared to allow a government shutdown if Republicans refuse to address the fate of Dreamers in the government spending bill, while centrists up for reelection in 2018 likely fear the political consequences of an unyielding stance.

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"We need to find solutions to our nation's current immigration problems starting with a solution for DREAMers", Ros-Lehtinen said in her message.

"That's a lack of appropriate border security and enforcement of our immigration laws".

The House Republicans who signed the letter acknowledged those asks, but said the urgency of DACA recipients' circumstances warranted immediate action.

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

Mayor Kevin Faulconer posted a video Wednesday urging Congress to pass a legislative tax that would protect Dreamers. "Reaching across the aisle to protect DACA recipients before the holidays is the right thing to do".

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