Ryan Says No Shutdown, No DACA in Spending Bill

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The Trump administration announced the move to draw down the program last September with a planned end for early March.

But White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short immediately dismissed the nascent deal as he exited a meeting with senators Thursday afternoon, saying the White House still opposed backing a DREAM Act to give immigrants brought here as minors legal status rather than just renewing the legal standing of the 700,000 or so people now in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and wanted to see more restrictions on other immigration programs in exchange.

"I think we can have a successful Dream Act if we have a real sit-down and organize toward that", he said.

While unpredictable on DACA, Trump has generally backed his strong anti-immigration language on the campaign trail with action since taking office.

The Senate group has been working for months to craft legislation that would protect 700,000 illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children under a program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. The department argues the program was an unconstitutional overreach by the Obama administration and that Congress should make immigration policy. "It just shows everyone how broken and unfair our Court System is when the opposing side in a case (such as DACA) always runs to the 9th Circuit and nearly always wins before being reversed by higher courts", he tweeted. Alsup's court is the District Court for the Northern District of California.

Schumer said the judge's ruling "is no guarantee of lasting security" because the judge could be overruled later by a higher court.

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn said the gang of six's work is not enough to get a vote, and said that any path forward will have to come from talks among a broader group of lawmakers including Republican leadership. "The iron is hot".

The White House, along with hardliner Republicans, quickly shot their proposal down.

Despite slim chances of garnering more than a few Democratic supporters, the bill could serve as a starting point for negotiating a DACA replacement.

The White House also made clear it does not want to include as part of the deal the DREAM Act, which would expand the existing program, according to Sen.

An immigration package "must be part of a global deal on the budget", Schumer said. "But tell me what the ransom is".

We first introduced you to Diana Platas in September when her home was gutted because of Hurricane Harvey and her chances of staying in the USA were slim.

"It's got to include the wall", Trump said at a news conference Wednesday at the White House.

But that agreement was cast into doubt the same day when a firestorm erupted after reports surfaced that President Trump, during a meeting with lawmakers over an immigration bill, asked why the USA was accepting immigrants from "shithole countries" referring reportedly to immigrants from Haiti and Africa. The agreement is also expected to include additional border security, minor changes to family-based migration, and drastic changes to the diversity visa lottery program. That proposal has been strongly opposed by Democrats and many Republicans as a futile waste of money.

"We need the wall", he continued.

Verbatim, he said, "We need quick justice, and we need strong justice - much quicker and much stronger than we have right now - because what we have right now is a joke, and it's a laughingstock". "I want to stop the massive inflow of drugs", he added.

For the first time in many years there is a sense that a deal on immigration is actually possible.

Both sides will have to give a little.