Politics Ryan and Pelosi to huddle on Dream Act to protect DACA recipients

06:22  13 september  2017
06:22  13 september  2017 Source:   MSN

Trump to DACA recipients: "You have nothing to worry about"

  Trump to DACA recipients: The Trump administration is phasing out the program that has deferred deportations for more than 780,000 peopleMr. Trump tweeted that DACA recipients have "nothing to worry about" despite the fact that his administration is phasing out the program and a series of talking points advised them to self-deport.

DREAM Act , RAC Act , BRIDGE Act : three bills with Republican support and a totally unclear path to passage. There are three bills that have already been proposed to protect DACA recipients — and all three have some When it comes to negotiating with Trump, Nancy Pelosi has an advantage.

Coming off a surprise deal between Donald Trump and Congressional Democrats to fund the government, Pelosi told reporters that there was better news still to come (from her perspective). Specifically she said, Donald Trump supported the DREAM Act to protect DACA recipients and

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) in the House Chamber on Jan. 3.© Matt McClain/The Washington Post House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) in the House Chamber on Jan. 3.

Top House leaders plan to huddle Wednesday to begin discussing legislation that would provide protections to nearly 700,000 “dreamers” at risk of losing their legal status in six months if Congress fails to act.

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) plan to meet with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) and the leaders of the congressional Asian, Black and Hispanic caucuses to discuss potential debate of the Dream Act, a bill that would grant legal protections to the roughly 690,000 people currently enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the Obama-era executive action that protects undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children.

Trump just tweeted reassurance for DACA recipients. But it's completely false.

  Trump just tweeted reassurance for DACA recipients. But it's completely false. If you have DACA, please don’t listen to Donald Trump.Immigrants whose DACA protections and work permits (which must be renewed every two years) are set to expire before March 5, 2018, are required to apply for their renewals by October 5, 2017 — or else their DACA protections simply won’t be renewed.

Trump has said he wants to work with Congress, including Democrats, to pass a bill that addresses DACA recipients before that time. He called Pelosi earlier Thursday and made the comment about the Dream Act then, as well as in a meeting on Wednesday, according to Pelosi .

The Dream Act would protect DACA recipients by providing qualified undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. before the age of 16 a pathway to citizenship. Editable text to House

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“The speaker has said he wants Congress to address DACA as the president has called for, but he has not endorsed any one measure and has said border security will need to be a part of the solution,” Ryan’s spokeswoman, AshLee Strong, said in an email confirming the meeting.

The meeting, also confirmed by several other aides in both parties, is a signal that congressional leaders are indeed trying to build support for a broader plan that would pair some kind of legislation to deal with dreamers — the common term for DACA recipients — with a plan to expand security along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The meeting will come a day after President Trump’s top legislative affairs aide signaled that the White House may back off its calls to pair funding for border wall construction with a dreamers relief bill, signaling that the emotionally charged issue may prove easier to resolve than initially thought.

Nancy Pelosi Says Trump Promised Her He'd Sign The Dream Act

  Nancy Pelosi Says Trump Promised Her He'd Sign The Dream Act House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that President Donald Trump told her on two occasions that he supports and would sign a bill to give legal status to young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. “We made it very clear in the course of the conversation that the priority was to pass the Dream Act,” she said at a press briefing. “Obviously it has to be bipartisan. The president supports that, he would sign it. But we have to get it passed.”Democrats are pushing for the bill, called the Dream Act, after Trump rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program earlier this week.

Congress has not passed any protections for the recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program ( Ryan has ruled out bringing up a “clean” vote on the DREAM Act himself.) “This is on Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer — if they fail to get the DREAM Act done, this is on them.”

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and Democratic Senator Richard Durbin introduced bipartisan legislation, the Dream Act of 2017, to protect DACA recipients from deportation. This Act also provides a path to U.S. citizenship – something even DACA did not do.

Pelosi and her lieutenants had requested a meeting with Ryan shortly after Trump decided to end the DACA program in March of next year unless Congress can resolve the issue.

She told reporters Tuesday that House Democrats are quickly coalescing around legislation that would grant legal protections to DACA recipients and set them on a years-long course to apply for U.S. citizenship.

The Dream Act is co-sponsored by Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate, including Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.) and Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) and Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) and Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.).

Other legislation, including the Bridge Act, which is sponsored primarily by Coffman, Flake and Graham, enjoys broader Democratic support and also would lay the groundwork for most DACA recipients to earn legal residency.

But Coffman said Tuesday that the Bridge Act is only a last resort if a broad deal to couple legal protections for dreamers with border security enhancements falls apart.

“Wouldn’t it make sense to go for a permanent solution this time? And so, I think that’s the preferred route as a permanent solution. The Bridge Act would be viable only if that fails,” Coffman said during an event hosted by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.

Democratic lawmakers arrested outside Trump Tower for DACA protest .
Three Hispanic House Democrats were arrested outside Trump Tower on Tuesday during a protest to demand action on shielding young undocumented immigrants from deportation.Democratic Reps. Luis Gutierrez (Ill.), Ra l Grijalva (Ariz.) and Adrian o Espaillat (N.Y.) were all arrested while rallying outside Trump's Manhattan residence with advocacy groups, aides confirmed. The lawmakers and advocacy groups are pressing Trump to work with Congress to pass a "clean" version of the DREAM Act granting undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S.

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