Trump says he would "love" a government shutdown over immigration

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The White House has proposed dramatic cuts in legal immigration and increases in border security, including a wall separating the US from Mexico, in exchange for protections for almost 700,000 young immigrants who were brought to the USA illegally as children.

"It doesn't surprise me from Gen. Kelly", No. 2 Senate Democratic leader Richard Durbin of IL, his party's chief immigration negotiator, said of the White House staff chief's remarks.

There isn't a "left" or "right" when it comes to protecting Dreamers. About 700,000 of them signed up for the DACA program, which Trump has moved to cut off on March 5. Nor does the department have the authority to deport gang members - they must first have committed a violent crime, the officials said.

Mr Trump rescinded the programme in September, giving members of Congress until March to come up with a permanent legislative solution.

President Donald Trump said he'd welcome another government shutdown if Democrats refuse to meet his demands for an immigration overhaul, just as lawmakers close in on a deal to avoid another halt in federal operations.

Kelly called Trump's endorsement of legalizing a larger pool of immigrants "stunning and no one expected it". Absolutely the president wants to fix DACA, but let's be clear, not having a border wall is the same thing as Sen. We had to get this ball rolling, this debate going on immigration.

"We don't need a government shutdown on this", Comstock said.

"Over the next few months, eligible individuals who do not present a risk to national security or public safety will be able to request temporary relief from deportation proceedings and apply for work authorization", Obama said in introducing DACA. People who cross the border illegally often can not receive green cards without leaving the United States for 10 years.

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Trump has already tweeted out against the Coons-McCain bill, calling it a 'total waste of time'.

In his immigration proposal to Democrats, Trump said he would agree to a 12-year path to citizenship for DREAMers in exchange for $30 billion for the wall and other policy changes, something Democrats rejected as a ransom. In 2013, Brown voted for an immigration bill that included a repeal of the visa lottery and reductions in family-based immigration. There's no reason to think that wouldn't include former DACA recipients ― even if the administration insists they're not a priority. But Nielsen said in an interview last month with CBS News that DHS will "enforce the law".

Kelly spoke as lawmakers have deadlocked in an effort to reach an immigration compromise.

But he says he's willing to negotiate. "But the president will not take yes for an answer".

Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen.

"President Trump has offered a proposal".

Republicans in the House of Representatives were told at a Monday night meeting that the stop-gap measure would extend funding through March 23, along with a year of defense funding and two years of funding for community health centers, lawmakers said.

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