Trump Takes Hard Line On Immigration, Rejects "Horrible" Bipartisan Plan

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Many Democrats have said they will not vote for the bill without an immigration deal, and Republicans will need at least some Democratic votes to pass the funding extension in the Senate.

The BBC reports that the Democrats are seeking protection for around "700,000 undocumented immigrants who came to country as children, known as "Dreamers", after Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) program past year".

The temporary funding bill would also include a long-delayed, six-year renewal of a popular health insurance program for children of low-income families.

"There is no reason why Congress should hold government funding hostage over the issues of illegal immigration", said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who said a resolution on DACA could wait until February or March.

"I'm looking for something that President Trump supports and he has not yet indicated what measure he is willing to sign", McConnell said. This, to my mind, is one of the great moral crises of our time.

Blaming the Democrats isn't going to work this time, and mainstream GOP leaders know it.

On the left, liberal groups are ramping up pressure on Democrats to resist any spending plan, threatening primary challenges and public ridicule for Democrats unwilling to risk a government shutdown to save the program for young immigrants. Under that logic, if the House passes that immigration bill, it will strengthen conservatives' hand in ongoing negotiations on the issue. The taxes, also unpopular with many Democrats, are part of former President Barack Obama's marquee health law.

Although the CHIP funding was included as an incentive for Democrats, Ryan probably will have to rely exclusively on Republican votes to get the bill through the House.

Arthur says President Trump gets to determine just how the shutdown takes place and should inflict the "maximum amount of pain" on Democrats' constituents just as his predecessor in the White House did.

One of the most freakish aspects of this whole fight over DACA and shitholes and Trump's racism is that Trump seems to think that if the failure to reach an immigration deal results in a government shutdown, he can credibly blame the Democrats for it and the people will go along with that.

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The Republican leadership has little room for error with Democrats threatening to withhold their support from any bill that does not reinstate protections for people brought to the USA illegally as minors, commonly referred to as "Dreamers".

Many budget issues that should have been agreed upon before the end of a year ago were pushed into 2018 via a series of continuing resolutions, which used stopgap measures to delay the deadline.

The Trump administration announced past year it would rescind DACA, which allows certain immigrants brought to the USA illegally as children to remain here and work without fear of deportation.

Doug Jones and Tina Smith weren't in the Senate for the last vote in December, but they're likely to support another short-term funding bill to avoid shutting down the federal government. "I think we all have a pretty good idea of what we have to do".

Trump ended DACA late previous year but gave Congress until March 5 to pass legislation extending the initiative created by President Barack Obama.

But as lawmakers look to maximize their leverage in the two days before the shutdown deadline, it's not clear yet whether the new plan will have enough support from Republicans or Democrats to clear the House and Senate.

Trump wrote on Twitter that if the government were shut down over amnesty and border security, the military would be the biggest loser.

Ryan can count on some moderate Democrats to vote for the stopgap if the only other choice is a shutdown, giving his team a valuable cushion.

The Senate approach, Lujan Grisham said, would reduce the parents of Dreamers to "second-class citizens" because they would receive temporary protections and no pathway to citizenship, as well as other problems.

Graham is among a half-dozen senators of both parties who crafted an immigration agreement that Trump shot down last week.

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