Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Federal judge blocks Trump's plan to terminate DACA

Federal judge blocks Trump's plan to terminate DACA

Alsup ruled that the rescission of DACA was based on a flawed legal premise that the Department of Homeland Security lacked authority to create the program. The Washington Post (in stories here and here), Reuters and Politico have coverage.

The White House ripped the decision in a statement Wednesday morning, saying that it was "outrageous, especially in light of the President's successful bipartisan meeting with House and Senate members at the White House on the same day". Durbin is blunt. He says he doesn't love making all the tradeoffs Republicans are demanding.

"I'm not talking amnesty at all", Trump was quoted on Thursday by the Wall Street Journal. Recently, however, he has positioned himself as cheerleader-in-chief for Dreamers, as in this September 14 tweet: "Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military?"

But Heitkamp, who was not in Thursday's meeting, said she didn't believe Trump's comments "blew up" the negotiations.

DICK DURBIN: I am doing my best to get everything I can under the current political circumstances. Trump ended the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program a year ago but has given Congress until March 5 to find a way to keep it alive. And at that point the president, we're told by Democrats, pushed back, and said, why would we want them?

The committee chairman said the Catholic leaders are ready to work with Congress and the White House to find a solution, but he also cautioned against including "unrelated, unnecessary or controversial elements of immigration policy" in a fix for DACA.

"I would not be willing to give people who entered the country illegally a special pathway to citizenship".

Prospects for a Democratic takeover of the House have improved in recent weeks thanks to several high-profile Republicans retiring at the end of this term. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, Michael McCaul of Texas, Raúl Labrador of Idaho, and Martha McSally of Arizona - in a Tuesday op-ed in the Wall Street Journal.

"I think my positions are going to be what the people in this room come up with", Trump said during a Cabinet Room meeting with a bipartisan group of almost two dozen lawmakers.

"The President will only accept an immigration deal that adequately addresses the visa lottery system and chain migration - two programs that hurt our economy and allow terrorists into our country", said deputy White House press secretary Raj Shah.

"We are now working to build support for that deal in Congress", they added. He also asked Congress to come up with a solution that would codify the program without deporting its beneficiaries, who he called "good, educated and accomplished young people".

"You could take out of it whatever you wanted because he said so many contradictory things in the span of 55 minutes", he says.

"Hold up on that, because we need to see how USCIS will renew their procedure and if the administration is going to appeal and the likelihood is, yes", Aguayo stated. It was not clear whether the senators' deal would somehow target parents or siblings seeking entry.

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