"Once again, we begin a new year with uncertainty and fear over immigration, and this year our leaders in Congress face a hard deadline" to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, said Archbishop Gomez. David Perdue, Republicans who've been close allies to the President on the issue of immigration, were also in the meeting but issued a carefully worded statement after Trump tweeted Friday morning that the description of his remarks was not accurate. "The Wall was not properly funded, Chain and Lottery were made worse and the US would be forced to take large numbers of people from high crime countries".
Karen Tumlin, legal director of the National Immigration Law Center, said it is important to remember that this is temporary relief by a single federal district court judge.
Passing the bill, however, will take time and with neither side eager to appear responsible for shutting down the US government, the expectation from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is that each of these issues will have to be resolved step by step. And the bills had to move as a package deal to get support from the business community for the E-Verify piece. South Carolina GOP Sen. But their victory - first announced by Sen.
The details hadn't even yet been shopped around to their colleagues when conservatives started balking at the agreement and the only man that mattered in the debate - Trump - sent his party back to the drafting table.
But that agreement was cast into doubt the same day when a firestorm erupted after reports surfaced that President Donald Trump, during a meeting with lawmakers over an immigration bill, asked why the US was accepting immigrants from "s-thole countries" referring reportedly to immigrants from Africa.
In other words, they'd be using Trump's silly obsession to substantially mitigate the real and substantial damage he's already doing to the lives of immigrants, their families and the communities in which they live.
Republican Senator Tom Cotton and Republican Representative Bob Goodlatte were both there, as was White House aide Stephen Miller, a proponent of severely limiting immigration. The surprise was first reported by The Washington Post.
"We always knew that President Trump doesn't like people from certain countries or people (of) certain colors", congressman Luis Gutierrez said.
Rohrabacher has been part of efforts to beat back immigration legislation in 2006, 2007 and 2013. That meant that negotiating with Democrats and finding a bill that could win their support wasn't an option.
Or, as Sen. John Cornyn, the second-ranked Republican in the Senate, put it: "Six people can't agree to something that will bind the Congress". "I never thought we would".
Without the President's buy-in, the work of the group can't reach the Senate floor, Republican leadership said.
The Republican president's comments were decried as racist by African and Haitian politicians, by the United Nations human rights office and by USA lawmakers from both major parties. The deal also calls for allocating $1.6 billion for structures including a wall for border security.
For several months, a group of bipartisan senators led by Democrat Dick Durbin of IL and Republican Lindsey Graham of SC have quietly worked on a way to preserve DACA in exchange for bolstered border security - but not E-Verify, a national database that is used by employers to verify the immigration status of individuals they hire.
It's a position hundreds of thousands of Californians find themselves in.
The agency said it won't be processing applications for those who have never before received DACA protections and no new applications will be accepted. They don't have a filibuster-proof majority. The resolution, of course, is unlikely to go anywhere in the Republican-controlled House. And since a major drawback of an amnesty is its potential to bring forth more illegal immigrants, the combination of a limited amnesty and increased enforcement makes sense.