Published: Fri, January 19, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Donald Trump pushes for merit-based immigration system

Donald Trump pushes for merit-based immigration system

They are doing nothing to fix DACA.

On ABC's "This Week", Perdue told host George Stephanopoulos, "I'm telling you he did not use that word, George, and I'm telling you it is a gross misrepresentation".

But, a week later, Graham lamented that Trump seemingly had changed from being open to signing an immigration compromise to being inclined to let immigration protections for young people expire.

Those talks were soured by Trump's incendiary remarks about "shithole" countries in Africa last week.

House Republicans considered on Tuesday a stopgap bill to fund the USA government through February 16 to avert a shutdown, but the measure would not include Democrats' demands for protections for young people brought to the United States illegally as children.

"We don't want to shut down the government. We've seen this movie already", Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal told CNN.

House Republican leaders tried to win over wary conservatives with a promise to repeal unpopular taxes as part of the bill preventing a shutdown.

"We need the wall, too". Those actions did not require congressional approval, and there was limited pressure activists could bring compared to the battle that helped stall repeal of President Barack Obama's health care law. The Trump administration has been systematically ending TPS programs for people from Haiti, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. It would fund the government through February 16.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., offered a similarly rosy assessment.

Mackler says for the most part, non-citizens are fearful.

"There's no trust there", said Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz.

The White House has been communicating with federal agencies to ensure plans are in place for dealing with a potential shutdown, with the message that agencies should do whatever they can "to minimize the impact on the general public" of a shutdown, the official said.

On Sunday, he expressed doubts over being able to agree on a deal. I think that's the compromise.

Both pointed to a statement Durbin made in 2013 about comments allegedly made by an unnamed GOP leader during a private White House meeting that were later denied by an Obama administration spokesman. There are 51 Republicans in the Senate, where 60 votes are needed to pass major legislation. Seven of those Democrats face re-election in November in Trump-won states - including West Virginia, North Dakota and Montana, which have small numbers of minority voters. The program allowed those who met the criteria to renew their two-year work permits, protecting them from deportation. Other red- and swing-state Democrats did not commit. "We're here to help the economy, the country, and we want what's best for the country", Salinas says.

On the left, liberal groups are ramping up pressure on Democrats to resist any spending plan. Some Democrats have threatened to withhold support unless an immigration pact is forged.

Mr. Trump has insisted any DACA deal much be accompanied by border wall funding.

The partisan debate over how to deal with the Dreamers - the 800,000 immigrants who were brought to the USA illegally as children - grew more acrimonious last week after President Trump allegedly called Haiti, El Salvador, and other African nations "shithole countries" and suggested the US should instead encourage more immigration from Norway, a predominately white country. Pollsters have noted that Republicans' anti-immigrant rhetoric has brought more Hispanics to voting booths to back Democratic candidates; some Republicans fear this could lead to big election losses in 2018.

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