Published: Wed, December 20, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Sen. Durbin visits West Side school, urges Congress to pass Dream Act

Sen. Durbin visits West Side school, urges Congress to pass Dream Act

Roughly two million of those 3.25 million illegal aliens would be immediately eligible for amnesty under the DREAM Act, says a newly released report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Charles Schumer, D-New York, has not made this commitment, and he has made it clear he is willing to negotiate with Trump on including anti-immigrant measures in the 2017 DREAM Act.

However, McConnell said talks about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which shields young immigrants who came to the U.S.as children from deportation, would be held in 2018.

The CBO report, released December 15, estimated there are 11 to 12 million illegal aliens in the USA with approximately 3.25 million eligible for the Dream Act, The Washington Times reported.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday Congress would not address an Obama-era immigration program that affects almost 700,000 undocumented immigrants until 2018.

The White House announced in September that President Donald Trump would not be renewing Obama's executive order and put a six-month trigger on his decision.

Tens of thousands of Dreamers who were previously protected have since lost their protection status, and hundreds more every day are at risk of being deported as a result of inaction, according to a tweet from U.S. Rep. Nanette D. Barragán (D-CA).

"Once the Congress gets beyond that, it will become harder to leverage support for DACA into successful legislation", he said.

"As our states' chief legal officers, we urge Congress to pass the Dream Act before adjourning for the holidays".

To force the issue, DACA advocates are pressuring their Democratic allies to tie amnesty provisions to a must-pass spending bill due later this week.

Some Democrats have vowed to oppose the Republican's spending bill if a DACA deal isn't included.

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