Local DACA recipients looking to legislators to pass 'Clean Dream Act'

Cornyn: GOP Offers DACA Solution, Democrats Threaten Shutdown

Those require 60 votes to pass the Senate, so the 52 Republicans don't have enough votes to keep the government open on their own. The policy permits those who came into the US illegally as minors to receive a renewable two-year deferred action from deportation and eligibility to work legally in the U.S. NPR's Kelsey Snell has more from Capitol Hill. "Chicago, our schools, our neighborhoods, our city, as it relates to what President Trump said, will be a Trump-free zone".

President Trump has vowed to end the program, making it possible for the so-called "Dreamers" to be deported as early as May. "The Democrats are really looking for something that is very unsafe to our country". They are looking at shutting down. "We care for our families and that's the foundation of what this country is all about".

The laundry list of unrelated immigration bills which they have offered is designed to delay and stop any serious bipartisan effort to solve this crisis created by the Trump Administration on September 5th. "We can do this if we quit grandstanding and quit engaging in these sorts of stunts, and I hope we will." .

"We believe the American dream isn't dead", said Salinas. But activists and many Democrats are specific.

Democrats have made that path to citizenship central to their DACA proposal, arguing that without it, people allowed to live and work in the United States permanently would essentially become second-class citizens.

This issue can not wait, and Congress must act before the end of the year.

Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Bernie Sanders of Vermont have been extremely outspoken on the issue, repeatedly asserting their opposition to any spending bill that neglects Dreamers. Democrats don't have much leverage in Congress, but one place they do have a lot of power is over a spending bill.

As the December 8 shutdown deadline approaches, the Senate is expected to vote on a short-term stopgap spending bill Friday that would keep the government funded until December 22.

Congress has the authority - and the duty - to provide changes to the immigration laws.

Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, told reporters that the immigration talks can wait until 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.

To deny our DREAMers a shot at fulfilling their American Dream runs counter to the fundamental values and principles our nation celebrates.

In addition to the human cost of such strict immigration policies, rescinding DACA makes very little sense financially, especially considering Illinoi's budget issues. "There is huge and broad support to find a solution, so absolutely we think there should be a solution now".

Since DACA was implemented, more than 5,900 young people in Pennsylvania have emerged from the shadows to pass background checks, and to legally live and work in the USA, according to a fact sheet issued by the egalitarian labor rights group Interfaith Worker Justice. It amounted to a pair of rooms where lawmakers could tape messages to be aired back home. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida.

"Certainly, we want to find a bipartisan solution and we definitely do not want to get into a debate about shutting the government down", Denham said.

SNELL: The whole idea is to build outside pressure to get a deal before Congress leaves for the holidays. That speculation by Trump further heightened tensions ahead of a planned Thursday with the president and congressional leaders at the White House.

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