DACA Negotiations With Trump Getting Caught Up in Politics

Saul Bowman
January 11, 2018

"Once again, we begin a new year with uncertainty and fear over immigration, and this year our leaders in Congress face a hard deadline" to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, said Archbishop Gomez.

But the talks are deadlocked over Trump's demands for the wall and cuts to legal immigration, including ending a diversity visa lottery and ending what the president calls "chain migration", the practice of Americans sponsoring extended family members for green cards.

The bipartisan meeting over DACA on Tuesday faces challenges as Republicans and Democrats try to reach consensus on a spending bill by a January 19 deadline.

Advocates around the country have rallied to urge passage of the DREAM Act - the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act - to provide a pathway to citizenship for DACA beneficiaries. "And we need to have this conversation".

Ahead of a bipartisan meeting at the White House Tuesday, the question is becoming whether Democrats can accept some version of a wall (albeit they'd call it something else) in exchange for protections for those who are eligible for DACA.

"Dreamers' lives were thrown into chaos when the Trump administration tried to terminate the DACA program without obeying the law", Becerra said in a statement Tuesday.

The goal of the White House meeting was to discuss how to reach an agreement between Democrats and Republicans, while still accomplishing the President's push for a wall along the United States border with Mexico and other changes to the USA immigration system - something Democrats widely oppose. "The parents that we presume they brought them here that we're not talking about now, they don't wanna deport them either".

Trump ended the Obama-era protections in September, extending the program until March 2017, leaving it to Congress to forge a permanent solution for the almost 800,000 young illegals. Democrats have threatened to withhold those votes without an immigration agreement.

Kelly often discussed being open to meeting with Democrats as much as Republicans, and spoke of sympathy toward the DACA population. DACA has allowed them to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and get a work permit.

Trump was quick to vent his frustrations on Twitter.

Pennsylvania Rep. Lou Barletta praised Trump's initial decision to rescind the DACA protections set forth by the Obama administration.

"We want to make sure that we have interior and border enforcement", he said. How can the GOP give Trump a win on the wall without alienating Democrats from a bipartisan solution on DACA? "If they come to me with things not in love with I'm going to do it".

Then, Trump claimed, comprehensive immigration reform could be easy.

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