by Countable | 1.23.18
The major issue leading up to this last week’s government shutdown was the fate of the so-called Dreamers, immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children who were protected from deportation by DACA. Democrats seemed poised to hold out for a "clean" DACA bill, but now have compromised on a three week continuing resolution.
We will vote today to reopen the government, to continue negotiating a global agreement, with the commitment that, if an agreement is not reached by Feb 8th, the Senate will immediately proceed to consideration of legislation dealing with DACA. The process will be neutral & fair.— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 22, 2018
Now that the Senate has agreed to this three week extension, what exactly is the status of the Dreamers and DACA negotiations?
As things stand, DACA is still in place until March. A judge recently ruled that the federal government had to allow recipients of DACA to re-apply for deportation protection, but on average, according to reports, 122 DACA recipients lose their status daily.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has committed to further negotiations on immigration, including protection for Dreamers, funding for border security and related issues, before the new continuing resolution expires.
He did not explicitly promise a floor vote on the issue, though he has expressed a preference for bipartisan, bicameral legislation that could pass both houses of Congress without having to go to conference to be reconciled.
If the Senate cannot come to an "global agreement" on immigration that includes protections for Dreamers by the February 8 deadline, McConnell has agreed to allow votes on existing DACA bills to proceed to the floor for a vote.
The Senate bills that have been introduced to extend protections to Dreamers include the DREAM Act, introduced by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and the more conservative SECURE Act, introduced by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA).
In the House there are also two bills, the Recognizing America’s Children Act, introduced by Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), and the Securing America’s Future Act, introduced by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA).
Without extensive revisions neither Senate bill is likely to pass the House, so no specific guarantees exist for Dreamers at this point.
Did Democrats do the right thing today by agreeing to the three week extension? Should there be a ‘clean’ DACA bill, or should other immigration issues be included in any legislation?
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I’m a life-long Democrat but am turning in my card if DACA or illegal immigration ever takes precedence again over the rights of taxpayers. The Dems need to be fighting for the rights of the middle class. Only THEN will they re-take the majority. We are sick and tired of being put LAST.
There must be a reason why liberal Democrats have chosen "immigration" as the justification for the failed SchumerShutdown campaign. Issues like "jobs", or "economic Improvement" likely were not selected because they had their chance for 8 years to promote policies under Obama and failed. For liberal Democrats, "immigration" may now be vital to the future of the Democratic Party in order to flood the voting electorate with relatively uninformed new voters largely beholden to liberal Democratic welfare policies.
The dreamers are not murderous immigrants like trump has tweeted and in his new ad. They were brought here as children and only know this country. Follow through on your commitment to help them and get legislation passed so that they can continue being part of America. Do your jobs!
Psst..., hey DACA guy. YOU’RE NOT A CITIZEN. Go live somewhere else.
Dreamers are illegal despite the sweet little name!! Go home! Americans first
The average age is 26 for dreamers. Not children. They have benefited by the education system and welfare. They need to leave. The parents should have prepared them in case they had to go back, but they did not so the blame is on them. It is not our responsibility to look after them.
I support DACA. Give these people a permanent solution to stay in the only country they have ever known.
73% of DACA is on welfare, only 900 serve the military. Give those that serve the military an immediate chance at citizenship upon their successful completion of service. Let those that are getting college degrees finish their degrees, then let them go home and apply to come back if they want to, but encourage them to build up their own countries. The rest need to go home and join their families in their native countries, especially those on welfare. Black unemployment is down to 7.3% thanks to better border security. Think what deporting will do to our unemployment levels!
People who were brought here are children didn’t even have a choice and have either never been to their parent’s home country or haven’t been there in years. Incredibly unfair to them.
Yes. Now let’s see if the Republicans keep their word. The majority of the voting public want DACA kids protected and this issue should have been taken care of without shutting the government if it weren’t for the extreme right.
The dreamers need to be allowed a path to stay legally. Let's get this done.
Mitch McConnell needs to be held accountable for the current distrust running rampant i n the Senate. His word is worthless. He has aided in the total destruction of all procedural norms once agreed to and followed by the representatives elected to that government body. He has not shown a desire or ability to COMPROMISE on anything. Maybe the Democrats felt the need to help defeat the CR on Friday because the governing body (Congress overall) has not shown the desire or ability to actually GOVERN with the best interests of all in mind. Governing is not about bullying. Governing is not about dictating. Governing is not about allowing facts to be distorted, truths to be turned into lies and despicable words and actions accepted without consequences. He and his cohort in the House, Paul Ryan, have not shown any leadership over the last year. They have shown they want to dictate what happens in our country, often against the will of their constituents. If this is how the Republican party leads, we are doomed until the next blue wave crashes.
DACA is a good start to address issues in a bipartisan way. We need to appreciate our good fortune, to have youths who understand our culture, and want to live here.
How the F* do we contact Countable? They seem very unaccountable to their users. Getting sick of this app. #CountableUnaccountable
First of all, we made a promise. So what is our word worth? Secondly, most of the DACA immigrants are now educated, contribute to their communities, have families, jobs, businesses, mortgages, car loans, etc. If we deport them, who will make those loans good? Will the taxpayers have to bailout the banks once again? They are not taking American jobs as evidenced by several corporations complaining about labor shortages and trying to entice people from Puerto Rico to relocate to mainland US to fill those jobs. Since they are US citizens, once they move to any of states they will be eligible to vote in federal elections. I’ll wager they won’t be voting republican in November after all the insults and neglect. If ethics won’t convince you, maybe political survival will. Wise Up. Extend legal options for qualifying DACA residents.
Don’t fund the doggone WALL! Is this Communist Germany? At least they learned!!
Knowing people whose friends and spouses are Dreamers, we need a clean Dream Act. These are people who do not know their parents home countries. They were born here and have only ever known the United States as their home. There is no sense in sending them to a place they have never known as home. There is no sense in splitting families.
Please answer a question for me. Is there a law or regulation that prevents immigrants from getting services such as welfare?
i can’t wait to call ice in the dreamers in march ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)