Democrats dig in on immigration, shutdown risk or no


No. 2 House Democrat Steny Hoyer said Democrats have not decided whether they will support another continuing resolution and "kick the can down the road one more time".

House GOP leaders unveiled the spending bill Tuesday night, sweetening it with a six-year renewal of the popular Children's Health Insurance Program and with provisions to temporarily suspend three "Obamacare" taxes, including a tax on generous "Cadillac" health plans.

The federal government is running on its third temporary spending bill since the fiscal year of 2018, which began on October 1, 2017 and is set to expire on January 19.

"Specifically, one of the areas that really, really fell short was the funding for border security", Sanders said. Those accepted for the program received permits to work legally in the US for two years, which could be renewed for additional 2-year periods.

Trump has also called for ending the chain migration, the fastest and easiest way to gain legal entry into America, through sponsorship by a family member who is already a legal resident or citizen of the US.

While he is clearly exercised with the immigration debate, and the potential prospect of a government shutdown, the President took time out on Tuesday to savor his achievement in 2016 - a topic of which he never tires.

"I think the fact that we're in earnest and negotiating in good faith with our four leaders on DACA speaks to the fact that we want to see a solution", Ryan said. But senators in that meeting with the president have confirmed it, with Sen.

The principal negotiators - House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer and Durbin - are expected to meet Wednesday to further discussions.

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Hopes of a bipartisan deal were scuttled last week after US President Donald Trump's alleged use of a crude term during White House negotiations.

"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", the President tweeted on Wednesday. Bob Casey were among the Democratic lawmakers avoiding direct answers in recent days on whether they would vote for a funding bill while DACA's fate hangs in the balance.

Durbin, the No. 2 Senate Democrat, told reporters he was personally "fed up" with short-term funding measures and would not vote for it.

The program went into effect in 2012, and about 700,000 had active DACA protections in September, when the Trump administration announced its end.

NY1 spoke with a DACA recipient who came to the U.S when he was 10 years old. Asked if his comments were racists, he told reporters on Sunday that he's the least racist person they are likely to have interviewed.

"Honestly, I don't think the Democrats want to make a deal", he said.

Democrats voting against that December bill included some senators - including Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California - who might seek the presidency in 2020 and would love support from their party's liberal voters.

Immigration activists have increased the pressure on Democrats to oppose any spending measure while DACA is still unresolved.