Cornyn Says Democrats Hold Spending Bill Hostage on Immigration

President Donald Trump leaves the White House on Friday for a weekend with Republican lawmakers at Camp David in Maryland

Saul Loeb AFP Getty Images President Donald Trump leaves the White House on Friday for a weekend with Republican lawmakers at Camp David in Maryland

Republicans and Democrats will sit down with President Donald Trump in a bipartisan meeting Tuesday aimed at moving closer to protecting hundreds of thousands of immigrants from deportation, but a long-entrenched partisan divide over immigration policy and a looming budget deadline are threatening progress.

The meeting at the White House on Tuesday was expected to - at the very least - symbolize that Trump was growing more serious about finding a bipartisan resolution.

She was optimistic about efforts to protect younger immigrants known as "Dreamers", who face deportation in the wake of Trump's decision in September to cut off protections given by former President Barack Obama.

The bill would offer qualifying individuals the ability to get in line for a green card and eventual citizenship after years of conditional residency, provided they meet certain requirements, including a background check and work, education or military service requirements. Krikorian said DACA enrollees are unique because it was not their decision to enter the USA illegally. We must BUILD THE WALL, stop illegal immigration, end chain migration & cancel the visa lottery.

Other provisions include increasing the number of immigration judges and attorneys -as the Justice Department has sought - to reduce the lengthy backlog of cases in immigration courts that cause people to stay in the limbo for years.

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They have helped sink repeated efforts to pass the DREAM Act, which would allow undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children to qualify for legal permanent residency and, eventually, USA citizenship.

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) said, "Border security measures are reasonable, not. not his [President Trump] wall". "Nobody ever said that being on the right side of history is easy". "I feel the same as Will, if there are other pieces that have to come to get a signature, we'll take a look".

He called on the lawmakers in the room to "put country before party".

Democrats are demanding that DACA recipients be addressed as part of the funding deal and are frustrated with Republicans who have balked at tying the two issues together.

The government remained open, but Democrats remained closed down to the prospect of securing the future of the DACA beneficiaries in exchange for stronger enforcement and sensible reforms to legal immigration. "They're not really inviting the people who have the most skin in the game, who know the issue".

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A group of Democrats are arguing to hold firm on DACA because if things collapse, they would hopefully win the House and have more leverage in 2019.

Hurd's district in Texas contains the most border of any lawmaker in Congress, from the outer ring of El Paso on the western edge of Texas to the region due south of San Antonio in the middle of the state.

Democrats are anticipating congressional gains in the midterm elections because President Trump is one of the most unpopular presidents in recent history.

That combination of knowledge, the duo says, was key. "I think that's a morally-defensible trade-off", said O'Malley.

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