Republicans say effort to help 'Dreamer' immigrants advances

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Republicans say effort to help 'Dreamer' immigrants advances

The agreement among senators came as more than 100 corporate CEOs urged Congress to "act immediately and pass a permanent bipartisan legislative solution to enable Dreamers who are now living, working, and contributing to our communities to continue doing so".

Jesus Lucero, a member of Scholarship A-Z, an organization that works for access to higher education and equal rights for young immigrants, recently spent two-and-a-half weeks in the halls of Congress, telling politicians his story.

"Two parties are united against the people today", radio host Mark Levin said of the meeting on his show Tuesday.

In other words, the President, and Republicans in Congress, deliberately pulled the rug out from under the "group of six" proposal, in the most definitive of ways (with Friday morning's presidential tweets attempting to bury it six feet under for good measure).

Trump put their fate in doubt in early September when he announced he was ending the DACA programme created by Obama, which allowed them to live and work in the United States legally. Republicans say it's just a recognition of their very complicated reality. He's about to turn 19.

He said the US bishops "believe in measures that improve the security of our nation". Lucero says he was but lacked the documentation to prove it. The agency will not be accepting new applications from dreamers who may have been eligible for the program, but never applied. That proposal has been strongly opposed by Democrats and many Republicans as a futile waste of money.

Cotton later declared that Democrats have yet to give enough on border security and other immigration issues even though he and other Republicans are willing to bend on the issue of childhood arrivals.

But Trump's inner demons ultimately prevailed. "We must protect our Country at all cost!"

The comments were first reported by The Washington Post. And he wants American taxpayers to pick up the bill, rather than Mexico, the country he has repeatedly said would pay for it.

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While Ryan praised a House GOP immigration bill that was released on Wednesday night, Democrats made clear it was unacceptable. Losing DACA is a fear many of them have. Chairman of the Arizona Republican Latino Coalition agrees.

The Flake-Durbin-Graham group had also been discussing border security and other issues such as preferential treatment for family members of immigrants already in the U.S. Details were not immediately available on what the bargainers had signed off on. But as an executive action, DACA didn't legalize these immigrants.

That second bill would likely face long odds for passage, considering long-running disagreements over issues like how to handle all 11 million illegal immigrants that are now in the US. We don't need a wall where you have rivers and mountains and everything else protecting it. "There are mountains and rivers that prevent it in some places; in some places you just don't need it".

MCEVERS: But there's still a lot more that needs to happen before a DACA fix becomes reality.

Trump said, "Why do we want all these people from Africa here?"

In a tweet, Trump again took aim at the courts.

Sponsors said they believe the bill sticks to the four issues President said this week he wants to focus on: a DACA solution, border security, limits to chain migration and an end to the visa lottery.

Even if the Flake-Durbin group has reached an agreement, it's not clear whether it would resolve the fight over protecting almost 800,000 young immigrants.

It also reportedly would cut the visa lottery program by half and prioritize certain countries in the system, instead of scrapping it altogether as several Republicans have suggested as part of an agreement.

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