Senators Reach Bipartisan Agreement on Immigration - Maybe
- Author: Julie Sanders Jan 13, 2018,
Jan 13, 2018, 7:45
US District Judge William Alsup granted a request by California and other plaintiffs to prevent President Donald Trump from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme while their lawsuits play out in court.
Sanders said the fate of the program should be addressed by Congress.
"It's got to include a wall", said President Trump.
Either President Trump has no idea what his actual stance is on an immigration bill, or he's being evasive. A spending bill that does not include protections for Dreamers amounts to funding the deportation of Dreamers.
In the middle of an intense political fight about the programme that shields from deportation young immigrants who were brought illegally to the USA as children, a federal judge in California issued a nationwide injunction late Tuesday ordering the Trump administration to start the programme back up again.
Attorneys arguing to defend DACA had clearly demonstrated that young immigrants "were likely to suffer serious, irreparable harm" without court action, the federal judge said.
"The White House put out about 70 points they were asking for in the fall".
"'I really believe they're going to come up with a solution to the DACA problem, which has been going on for a long time, and maybe beyond that immigration as a whole", Trump said.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) then stepped in to remind Trump that Republican lawmakers want border security included in any DACA legislation.
Alsup said in his ruling the federal government did not have to process new applications from people who had never before received protection under the program.
Democrats had hoped to tie DACA talks to a budget spending bill that needs to be passed by January 19 in order to avoid a government shutdown. If you asked him to name the statutory or constitutional authority that gives him the power to rescind DACA protections, he would not have the first clue what they are (to be clear, he nearly certainly does have such authority, but he has no idea why or how).
The Obama administration created the program in 2012 after Congress refused to act, allowing the young immigrants to work, go to school and go about their lives, if they made their status known to the government.