US Crowds protest on Capitol Hill in support of "Dreamers" legislation

21:33  09 november  2017
21:33  09 november  2017 Source:   CBS News

GOP senators say fate of 'dreamers' must wait for next year

  GOP senators say fate of 'dreamers' must wait for next year President Donald Trump and Republican senators agreed not to deal with a needed fix for young immigrants in must-pass year-end spending legislation, according to some GOP lawmakers who visited the White House on Thursday. Instead, they said, a solution would likely wait until next year for some 800,000 immigrants brought illegally to the United States as children. Those immigrants, known by supporters as Dreamers, are in limbo after Trump announced he was ending temporary deportation protections granted by the Obama administration and giving Congress until March to come up with a fix.

Dreamers were protesting to urge Senate Republicans to support the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. A large crowd of protesters gathered on Capitol Hill on Thursday urging lawmakers to craft legislation to help so-called " Dreamers ," as Congress works to formulate new

The unlawful demonstration inside the Russell building came minutes after a press conference was held outside of the U.S. Capitol building in which interfaith clergy and political leaders from across the nation spoke Other evangelical leaders have voiced their support for a legislative protection of dreamers .

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 05: Immigrants and supporters march to oppose the President Trump order end to DACA on September 5, 2017 in Los Angeles, United States.: Activists Across US Rally In Support Of DACA © David McNew / Getty Images Activists Across US Rally In Support Of DACA

A large crowd of protesters gathered on Capitol Hill on Thursday urging lawmakers to craft legislation to help so-called "Dreamers," as Congress works to formulate new legislation to provide a permanent fix for the status of young immigrants who came to the country illegally as children, and who have been able to remain in the U.S. as part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Senator Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, tweeted a video of the protests beginning to congregate in an atrium in the Hart Senate office building in D.C. with protesters chanting and standing around a giant sign reading, "Congress we demand a clean Dream Act now!"

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A second banner unfurled from stories above as porotesters were chanted reading, "Protect immigrant youth and TPS (Temporary Protected Status) families from deportation."

The protests come as Congress is beginning to write legislation to provide legislation to address the problem after President Trump rolled back of the Obama-era DACA program n September

Mr. Trump charged Congress with formulating a new policy within a 6-month window. A group of House Republicans said on Thursday that they are prepared to work to pass new legislation that would assist DACA recipients by the end of the year.

"No bill is going to be perfect, but inaction is just not acceptable," said Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Washington.

He added, "I can tell you almost every single Republican agrees that it's the responsibility of Congress not the administration to make immigration law."

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