Federal judge blocks Trump's plan to terminate DACA

Rep. Bob Goodlatte R-Va. questions witnesses during a House Judiciary Committee hearing concerning the oversight of the U.S. refugee admissions program on Capitol Hill

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Democrats in Congress say to Trump, "OK, but extend DACA's protections first, then we'll deal with the border wall and other stuff later".

Trump spoke at a Cabinet meeting Wednesday, one day after meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers on immigration.

And though President Donald Trump and many Republicans have insisted that border security measures include funding for a wall, Flake said Thursday that the physical structure the six senators agreed upon would have been "more of a fence", according to CNBC.

Advocates said the longer lawmakers wait on passing DACA reforms the more people will fall out of status.

"I was at the White House talking about what I thought was a bipartisan proposal", Graham said following the meeting.

Republicans have been engaged in a showdown for days over which corner of their party has Trump's ear in negotiations over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program expiring in March.

The White House issued a statement rejecting "weak and risky stopgap measures" on immigration but did not deny Trump's remarks.

Trump made the comment during a discussion of USA visa and immigration policies inside the Oval Office.

Many Republicans who represent devoutly religious communities are much more open than the president to keeping America's doors open to refugees and other immigrants.

Although DACA isn't set to expire until March 5, the group requested in the letter that lawmakers pass legislation by January 19, which is the deadline for Congress to pass a bill for government funding to avoid a shutdown, The Hill reports. "I think we ought to proceed and address this as soon as we can", he said.

"However, we caution against introducing unrelated, unnecessary, or controversial elements of immigration policy - especially those that jeopardize the sanctity of families or unaccompanied children - into the bipartisan search for a just and humane solution for the 'Dreamers, '" he said. They have good reason to not trust Democrats to keep their word on border security if they negotiate a two-step DACA-immigration deal.

Judge Alsup wrote that he questioned the administration's argument that Daca had not been implemented legally.

The president slammed the decision saying it shows the court system is unfair and broken.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services posted on its website that the federal agency had begun accepting renewals until "further notice".

Local immigration advocates are breathing a sigh of relief after a federal judge ruled against a controversial White House effort.

Fernandez seemed to side-step the idea that Dems were using Dreamer votes and added that by issuing the memo, "we're making clear. there is a tremendous amount of support for fixing the DACA problem that President Trump created". Republican lawmakers introduced legislation in 2017 that would cut or eliminate some long-standing parts of the US immigration system, but none of the bills passed.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the decision to terminate the program on September 5 and said no renewal applications would be accepted after October 5.

Bargainers seeking a bipartisan immigration accord plan to resume talks quickly.

For some of the estimated fifteen thousand undocumented young people in Kern County brought to the United States as children, hope of action in Washington is beginning to fade.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer doesn't want to link DACA protections with a border wall.

At a White House bargaining session Tuesday, Trump told almost two dozen lawmakers that they were "not that far away from comprehensive immigration reform".

On Jan. 19, both the House and the Senate must agree on a spending bill to avoid another shutdown. Democrats have threatened to withhold those votes without an immigration agreement.

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