McConnell: Trump hasn't said what he wants in immigration bill

Katrina Barker
January 18, 2018

Instead of a blockbuster immigration deal, the lasting result of the meeting turned out instead to be Trump's infamous dismissal of certain nations of origin as "shithole" countries.

The Justice Department said it will ask the high court to overturn a federal judge's ruling that blocks President Donald Trump from ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an Obama-era program that now offers protection from deportation for about 700,000 people who were brought to the US illegally as children.

Republican leaders are reportedly considering attaching a long-term reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program to short-term spending measure that would likely keep the government funded until mid-February, gambling that Democrats would not be willing to vote against funding that they have sought for months.

President Donald Trump will support the House leadership plan for temporary funding, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said, giving Ryan some additional political clout as he tries to bring reluctant conservatives on board.

Democrats and Republicans must reach an agreement on a number of legislative issues-including a battle over immigration and DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program-by January 20 to avoid a shutdown.

"This is not a time to play politics", said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).

Aides to leaders from both parties and both chambers gathered Tuesday in the office of McCarthy to keep negotiations going. It means you have no one to blame but yourselves if there's a government shutdown. While Republicans in the House have a majority and can theoretically pass the bill without the Democrats, the strategy carries some risks.

America Rising released a video of Schumer, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) and other Democrats decrying the government shutdown in 2013. Sen.

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.

Earlier on Tuesday, Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer, a Democrat from Maryland, said a deal on DACA needed to be part of a funding bill in order to get Democratic support. Democrats have said they want a spending bill that protects the Dreamer immigrants, mostly Hispanic young adults.

The biggest red flag came from more conservative members of the House Freedom Caucus, who argue the GOP should forge ahead with a plan to fully fund the military for 2018, while leaving all other government operations on a stop gap budget.

It was also not clear whether Democrats would support another continuing resolution spending measure - especially if it does not contain the immigration provision.

"I will say I don't think the president was well-served by his staff", Graham said.

The opposition party has been pushing for any budget agreement to include a deal on the future of the so-called "Dreamers" who were brought to the country illegally as children and are set to lose their protected status on March 5.

The short-term bills have been used since September to delay the shutdown deadline, and defense hawks say that they weaken military effectiveness by leaving funding in limbo and simply maintaining last year's spending levels instead of increasing money to meet the military's needs.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell signaled he wants to get a stopgap funding bill settled and leave more hard negotiations for later.

"I think cool heads hopefully will prevail on this". "The alternative is to let the Democrats crash the whole government, and that's what they are trying to do".

On Saturday, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that current DACA recipients can again apply for two-year renewals after a federal judge in San Francisco temporarily blocked the Trump administration from phasing out the program.

Sens. Thom Tillis, R-North Carolina, and James Lankford, R-Oklahoma, said in a joint statement Wednesday evening they would oppose the bill because it "falls short" on border security reforms. "They are not really dictating it, necessarily", he said.

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