Trump is open to short-term DACA deal, White House tells GOP leaders

03/14/2018 The Washington Post

child_immigrant_cbp_border_gettyWhite House officials have told key Republican leaders on Capitol Hill that President Trump is open to cutting a deal in an upcoming spending bill to protect young immigrants from deportation in exchange for border wall funding, according to four GOP officials briefed on the talks.

The offer could represent a significant shift for Trump, who in January insisted on much broader immigration restrictions in exchange for any protections for “dreamers” — the young immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children, some of whom have been protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that Trump canceled in September.

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Democrats press DHS to speed up DACA renewals

03/07/2018 The Washington Post

immigrationA group of Democratic lawmakers is asking the Trump administration to accelerate the renewal of work permits for young immigrants protected by an Obama-era program that remains the subject of federal court challenges.

The request from Democrats comes as the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and the roughly 690,000 immigrants it protects remains in flux. A deadline imposed by President Trump to end the program passed on Monday — but the date is moot as federal court challenges over the legality of the program and Trump’s decision continue.

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With no permanent immigration fix by DACA deadline, Dreamers amp political mobilization

03/05/2018 NBC News

dreamersDisappointed over the lack of action by the White House and Congress over the long-term fate of DACA and immigration reform, Dreamers are focusing their energies on this year’s elections and mobilizing through political action.

In September, President Donald Trump marked March 5 as the last day of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, better known as DACA. The Obama-era executive action allowed young undocumented immigrants illegally brought to the U.S. as young children to apply to work and study in the country without fear of deportation.

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Advocates target Trump in DACA push ahead of March 5

03/04/2018 CNN


Immigration advocates are unveiling a fresh advocacy campaign on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program aimed directly at President Donald Trump — even as a March 5 deadline has been rendered toothless and Congress is retreating from action.

The American Civil Liberties Union launched a six-figure campaign Sunday to keep the issue up front, using digital and TV advertising as well as local protests and targeted messaging.
The campaign is designed to get the President’s attention, using a mix of digital geo-targeting and physical presence.

Senate begins debate on immigration and the fate of “Dreamers”

02/13/2018 CBS News

immigrationThe Senate begins a rare, open-ended debate on immigration and the fate of the “Dreamer” immigrants on Monday, and Republican senators say they’ll introduce President Donald Trump’s plan. Though his proposal has no chance of passage, Trump may be the most influential voice in the conversation.

If the aim is to pass a legislative solution, Trump will be a crucial and, at times, complicating player. His day-to-day turnabouts on the issues have confounded Democrats and Republicans and led some to urge the White House to minimize his role in the debate for fear he’ll say something that undermines the effort.

Yet his ultimate support will be vital if Congress is to overcome election-year pressures against compromise. No Senate deal is likely to see the light of day in the more conservative House without the president’s blessing and promise to sell compromise to his hard-line base.

Trump, thus far, has balked on that front.

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Mattis says DACA recipients in military are “protected” even if program expires

02/08/2018 CBS News

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Defense Secretary James Mattis said immigrant members of the military who are currently protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will continue to be protected — even if the program expires without congressional action next month.

Mattis, speaking to CBS News Pentagon correspondent David Martin and other reporters Thursday, said he has spoken with Homeland Security Secretary Kjirsten Nielsen and confirmed that anyone who has enlisted in the military and is waiting to report to boot camp, anyone on active duty or in the active reserves or anyone with an honorable discharge will not be deported. Two exceptions for that would be for anyone who has committed a serious felony or is the subject of a deportation order.

If Congress fails to act before March 5 — the deadline upon which the program is set to expire — “they’re protected,” Mattis said.

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Pelosi Held House Floor in Advocacy of ‘Dreamers’ for More Than 8 Hours

02/07/2018 The New York Times

US Capitol domeRepresentative Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic leader, took the House floor at 10:04 a.m. Eastern on Wednesday, intent on speaking about the young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers.

Eight hours and seven minutes later, she quit talking.

Her marathon monologue — highly unusual for the House, which has no equivalent to the Senate filibuster — appears to have set the record for the longest continuous speech in the chamber, dating to at least 1909, according to the House historian. It tied up the House into the evening, delaying debate on a bill intended to spur competition in the mortgage market.

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