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ACA Urges Passage of Senate Bill 1615 - Dream Act of 2017

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DACA Demonstrations Ring Hollow
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Bob Dane

These are the roughly 700,000 people who are in the USA illegally and who were brought here as children.

At the same time, an amnesty for illegal aliens would betray President Trump's base of supporters, as he adamantly opposed any such plan during the 2016 presidential election.

'By threatening to shut down the government, they are jeopardizing the future fate of those DACA recipients'.

"It is imperative that Republicans and Democrats come together to solve this problem now and not wait until next year", the letter said. A deal in Congress to keep the government open is being threatened by a debate over immigration, specifically over protections for immigrants known as DREAMers.

"We must pass legislation that protects DACA recipients from deportation and gives them the opportunity to apply for a more secured status in our country as soon as possible".

"At a minimum we need to pass something like the Bridge Act", said Coffman. "So, I'm not sure what I'm going to do after and it's very important". "We care for our families and that's the foundation of what this country is all about". (A September poll from Morning Consult showed that only 15 percent of Americans - and only 24 percent of Republicans - want to deport Dreamers.) Actually being willing to shut down the government by denying Republicans votes for a spending bill (they need at least eight Senate Democratic votes to overcome a filibuster, and perhaps some House Democratic votes to offset defections from conservatives who oppose almost every spending measure) is another thing altogether.

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Democrats don't have much leverage in Congress, except when it comes to spending bills.

The House Republicans who signed the letter acknowledged those asks, but said the urgency of DACA recipients' circumstances warranted immediate action.

The key difference between temporary measures like DACA and Bridge, and permanent measures, like Dream or Curbelo's RAC Act, is only the former provide beneficiaries a path to citizenship. "I have no interest in separating them from what is likely the only country they know". There is huge and broad support to find a solution.

Goodlatte is a member of the Immigration Working Group appointed by Speaker Paul Ryan to address the DACA program. Their coalition includes major employers and manufacturers, faith groups and an organization run by powerful Republican fundraisers, brothers Charles and David Koch. It amounted to a pair of rooms where lawmakers could tape messages to be aired back home.

Democrats and Republicans could film short clips or do live TV interviews with local stations to promote immigration legislation. That's a pretty small army with which to go to war, particularly since Republicans can plausibly argue that Dreamers are in no real peril until March. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida.

Poliquin said that Congress has to "find a solution to address those well-meaning, law-abiding individuals now caught in DACA status" quickly as it also moves "to update our immigration policies which reduce incentives to break the law". Whether that can happen without shutting down the government might become clear when Trump meets with congressional leaders at the White House on Thursday afternoon.

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