Dems, Trump Discuss Deal to Protect ‘Dreamers’

September 13, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

WASHINGTON – Democratic leaders in Congress said following a Wednesday night meeting with President Donald Trump that they have agreed to work together to provide legal protection to the 800,000 undocumented youths known as “Dreamers.”

They also agreed, according to the Democrats’ version, to negotiate a budget package to finance border security that is “acceptable to both parties,” and therefore excludes funding for Trump’s proposed border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

“We had a very productive meeting at the White House with the President. The conversation centered on DACA and we agreed to quickly enshrine DACA protections in a law,” said Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Democratic Leader, Nancy Pelosi, (D-Calif.) who dined with Trump on Wednesday.

The White House, on its own behalf, also gave its version of the meeting in a statement that did not speak of “agreements” of any kind with Schumer and Pelosi.

According to the White House, Trump and the Democratic leaders spoke at a “constructive” dinner of the current “legislative priorities,” including tax reform, border security, DACA (Dreamers), infrastructure and trade, in that order.

The Trump administration said the meeting was a “positive step” toward reaching “bipartisan solutions” to the problems affecting all Americans and expressed its desire to “continue these talks” with the Democratic leaders.

If an agreement has in fact been reached, it would be second deal in a week the Republican president has reached with Congressional Democratic leadership; the first being a short-term increase in the debt ceiling  that shocked GOP leaders.

Despite his campaign rhetoric promising to end DACA on his first day in office, and to deport all immigrants in the country illegally, the president has signaled an increasing willingness to find a legislative solution that will allow young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children to remain legally in the U.S.

The president has said on several occasions that he will treat the young undocumented immigrants, most often referred to as Dreamers, with “heart.”

Last week, one day after announcing the end of DACA and giving Congress a six-month window to come up with a legislative solution, he tweeted that young undocumented immigrants protected under DACA should not fear deportation, adding he would “revisit’ the issue if the Congress failed to act.

White House Opposes New Plan to Protect Undocumented Youth

July 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

WASHINGTON – The White House suggested on Wednesday that President Donald Trump does not support a bipartisan bill that will be presented on Thursday, which sets a path to citizenship for undocumented youth who arrived in the country as children, more commonly known as “Dreamers.”

“The (Trump) Administration has opposed the ‘Dream Act’ and is likely to be consistent with that,” said White House Legislative Affairs spokesman Marc Short at a news conference.

The “Dream Act” bill was first presented to U.S. Congress in 2011, but failed to pass. It has been resubmitted several more times since, each time suffering the same fate.

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham are scheduled to scheduled to present a new version of the “Dream Act” Thursday that if passed would allow youth in the country without legal status to obtain residency status and later U.S. citizenship if they meet certain requirements.

To be eligible, the applicant must have arrived in the U.S. as a child, earned a high school diploma or GED, is pursuing higher education, worked legally for about three years or served in the military. They must also have not committed any crimes, among other provisions.

Congress’ multiple failures to pass the Dream Act was the impetus for former President Barack Obama’s push for a temporary solution to the plight of hundreds of thousands of young people raised in the U.S. and consider this their home. Obama issued an executive order creating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA, program, which since 2012 has prevented the deportation of 800 thousand undocumented youths who came to the U.S. as children.

In June, the Department of Homeland Security issued a memorandum stating that DACA “will remain in effect.”

However, the federal government has not made a decision on the future of that program, although President Trump has repeated that this is “one of the most difficult issues” he faces in his presidency. Without providing any details, the president has said he would face the issue “with heart.”

Trump said last week that he wants to push for comprehensive immigration reform, but believes the U.S. and its political forces “are not ready” for that.

Texas and nine other states have threatened to sue the federal government if it does not eliminate DACA by Sept. 5.

Obama Anunciará Medidas Sobre Inmigración este Jueves

November 19, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

El presidente Barack Obama confirmó hoy que anunciará este jueves en un discurso desde la Casa Blanca sus esperadas acciones ejecutivas sobre inmigración, y al día siguiente viajará a Las Vegas para promover esas medidas.

En un vídeo colgado en la cuenta de la Casa Blanca en la red social Facebook, el propio Obama explica desde el Despacho Oval que este jueves anunciará “algunas medidas” que puede adoptar en virtud de su autoridad ejecutiva para reparar el sistema “roto” de inmigración del país.

El discurso comenzará a las 5pm hora local.

Después, el viernes, Obama visitará el instituto Del Sol en la ciudad de Las Vegas, donde ya ofreció en enero del 2013 el primer discurso sobre inmigración de su segundo mandato. ??En un principio, varios medios habían informado de que Obama anunciaría sus medidas el viernes en Las Vegas.

Tras aplazar su acción unilateral en inmigración hasta después de las elecciones legislativas del pasado 4 de noviembre, Obama se comprometió a anunciar esas medidas antes de final de año.?? Un escenario que evaluaba la Casa Blanca era anunciar el plan después del 11 de diciembre, cuando el Congreso debe votar un paquete presupuestario para financiar al Gobierno hasta septiembre de 2015.

Los republicanos han alertado de que cualquier acción ejecutiva de Obama bloqueará la aprobación en el Congreso de una reforma migratoria y dificultará el consenso bipartidista en otros muchos asuntos.

Las filtraciones del plan ejecutivo de Obama que han aparecido en la prensa en los últimos días apuntan a que evitará la deportación de entre 4,5 a 5 millones de indocumentados.

Una pieza clave es permitir que muchos padres de niños que son ciudadanos estadounidenses o residentes legales obtengan permisos de trabajo y eviten así la amenaza de la deportación.

Además, el plan prevé aumentar la seguridad fronteriza, mejorar el pago a los funcionarios de inmigración y expandir la Acción Diferida, una medida ejecutiva de 2012 que ha evitado la deportación de más de 580.000 jóvenes que llegaron indocumentados cuando eran niños.

El secretario de Seguridad Nacional, Jeh Johnson, que habló hoy en el National Press Club en Washington, señaló que las acciones ejecutivas en materia migratoria serán “integrales” y abordarán diversos aspectos, incluida la seguridad fronteriza.

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