Further roiling the talks are comments by Trump during an Oval Office meeting in which he questioned the need to admit more Haitians to the US, along with Africans from "shithole" countries, according to people briefed on the conversation but not authorized to describe it publicly.
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. This sounds like the best deal for us, the taxpayers. "We are now working to build support for that deal in Congress", said the joint statement released by Sens.
"There is a reason why the President has said that is not acceptable to him and sent everybody back to the same drawing board that Kevin McCarthy drew up on Tuesday", Cotton said after the meeting.
Other lawmakers on the issue pumped the brakes on the idea that it represented a breakthrough. It would fulfill Trump's four-point plan for a DACA compromise: legal status for DACA recipients, end to the Diversity Visa Lottery, limits on chain migration, and full funding for the border wall.
"These are reasonable requests", she said. While Congress has failed to pass a Dream Act that would make the program permanent, a federal judge's recent ruling will temporarily protect DACA recipients from deportation.
The Republicans will have to cave on DACA and the Democrats will have to cave on the border wall. "Nothing to report yet", Marter said.
Gabriela Garcia, a 29-year-old DACA recipient who is now a law student at the University of San Francisco, similarly calls the decision "a little ray of hope" in the midst of a tumultuous period for immigrant rights, but warns it is not a true fix. This comes after President Donald Trump rejected a bipartisan proposal from lawmakers on Thursday.
The stakes have been raised in the negotiations over a spending bill that will keep the government operating after January 19. That would allow beneficiaries of the law to receive three-year renewable legal status. They are all talk and no action.
Judge Alsup wrote that he questioned the administration's argument that Daca had not been implemented legally.
Tom Jawetz, vice president of immigration policy for the Center For American Progress, defended the memo, arguing that it is more than a call for votes.
Among Republicans, some conservatives are insisting on going further than the steps that Trump has suggested.
Since then, a fierce debate has taken hold in Washington as Democrats and Republicans spar about how to provide relief for about 800,000 immigrants who could face deportation if the program ends.
Durbin is actually a part of this group also but has been privately dismissive of the effort, which got under way only this week. "Why now? Except perhaps to delay?" "We'll see what happens", he said, though he added it was "unlikely" that he would be called for interview.
"As a nation, we have a moral and humanitarian obligation to 'Dreamers, '" Bishop Vasquez said.