In December, Kelly attended some meetings at the White House with Republican lawmakers from both chambers to talk about a possible immigration deal. Diaz says that now members of Congress are back to square one.
U.S. District Judge William Alsup issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday night in San Francisco ordering the Department of Homeland Security to resume accepting renewal applications from people who are already protected under DACA while challenges to the September order work their way through the courts.
Now it's up to the president, the speaker of the House and every important Republican in Washington to explain to the public why it's so important for DACA and border security to be done together. Their hardened stance, combined with their general aversion and opposition to President Donald Trump, makes them loath to agree to a down payment on a border wall as part of any deal. He also called for ending the diversity visa lottery, a State Department program that gives residents of nations with few migrants coming to the us a chance for a green card, and for ending family-based migration (called "chain migration" by its opponents) that allows extended family members of immigrants already in the USA legally to come to the U.S.as well. "He said both that sometimes that he'd be willing to sign a so-called clean bill to protect the Dreamers going forward". But after March 5, 2018, it's expected that many more immigrants facing a DACA expiration would have to quit their jobs and be afraid that federal immigration authorities could knock on their doors.
No. 2 Senate GOP leader John Cornyn of Texas told reporters Wednesday he'd be "surprised" if an immigration deal can be completed by the January 19 deadline.
The White House issued a statement rejecting "weak and risky stopgap measures" on immigration but did not deny Trump's remarks. Let Congress decide which projects it wants to defund to build the wall, when/if we actually have an infrastructure bill.
Democrats and many Republicans, including the president himself, profess their desire to shield Dreamers from deportation. "We just need action".
"That's highly unbecoming of a president if somebody uses that kind of language, period", Kang said.
"I'll take all the heat you want... but you are not that far away from comprehensive immigration reform", the president said.
"I would like to see us move to a merit-based system".
DACA was also a big issue when Congress passed a short-term spending bill to avoid a government shutdown last month.
Democrats are nearly certain to balk the GOP bill, especially because it does not offer a path to legal permanent residence or citizenship for DACA recipients.
Conservatives quickly sounded alarms about a process that would lead to a comprehensive agreement on immigration, a path that has always been anathema to many rank-and-file Republicans.