Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Rock Hill prayer vigil Thursday for DACA immigrant children 'Dreamers'

Rock Hill prayer vigil Thursday for DACA immigrant children 'Dreamers'

"Democrats are really looking at something that is very risky for our country".

'By threatening to shut down the government, they are jeopardizing the future fate of those DACA recipients'. "We care for our families and that's the foundation of what this country is all about". This view is voiced by, among others, the Breitbart News site, which is run by President Trump's former chief of staff, Stephen Bannon.

The nationwide mobilization comes the day before Congressional leaders are expected to meet with President Trump to discuss the year-end spending package. It would apply to people who were children when they were brought illegally into the United States.

While Democrats unanimously support measures like the Dream Act - every member of the caucus has signed on to the discharge petition - many are demanding a "clean" Dream Act, that doesn't include border security concessions for Republicans.

Hatch was an original sponsor of the Dream Act in 2001, which did not pass but would have allowed undocumented students to pursue an education. Yesterday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was downplaying the threat of a shutdown.

Diaz, a Sac State junior majoring in child development, said she wants to continue to mentor at-risk teens, "but my future is in limbo", she said.

Fact based analysis is critical to every policy debate, and it is a fact that now 86 percent of all Americans and 76 percent of Republicans support protecting Dreamers.

Yet the same can not be said for the hundreds of thousands of DREAMers whose lives and futures are still on the line after President Trump ended the DACA program.

As a PhD student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Irvine, and a DACA recipient, I can tell you that the current post-truth society that we are living in makes it very hard to have a balanced bipartisan debate on immigration and just about every other issue. Cornyn's comprehensive border security bill introduced earlier this year.

SNELL: Democrats say that's wrong on multiple counts.

"It is imperative that Republicans and Democrats come together to solve this problem now and not wait until next year", the letter said.

But activists and many Democrats are specific they want a path to citizenship, and they say they're exhausted of waiting. One of those gatherings was in our region, Wednesday night.

Unless Congress enacts legislation, immigrants will begin losing their DACA protection en masse starting in March, and would have to leave the US. Democrats don't have much leverage in Congress, but one place they do have a lot of power is over a spending bill. Those require 60 votes to pass the Senate, so the 52 Republicans don't have enough votes to keep the government open on their own.

Republicans have warned that combining the two could risk preventing a bipartisan deal on immigration at a time when there is renewed hope that such a solution is possible.

"Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee offered an initial proposal which our Democratic colleagues rejected out of hand". They want a path to citizenship, and they say they're exhausted of waiting.

In the House, 34 Republicans wrote to Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., this week calling on him to do the same.

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement on legislation: "Neither Senator Cornyn nor Senator Grassley has ever voted for the Dream Act".

"This is not a hard policy issue", Robbins said. Congress has three months to find a legislative solution.

SNELL: His group is working with people on the right and the left. They want to have illegal immigrants pouring into our country.

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