The federal government, citing a recent court order, said Saturday that it is again accepting requests for grants of deferred action under the DACA, or "dreamers", program, which has protected thousands of young people from deportation.
"This might also be a short window to file #DACA renewals given feds are likely to appeal", tweeted Marielena Hincapie, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center.
A bipartisan group of senators struck a deal Wednesday that couples shielding DREAMers from deportation with a litany of conservative immigration reforms and border security funding, albeit a greatly reduced amount from the administration's initial requests. They have targeted the abolition of a special program allowing citizens of some countries to apply for visas distributed by lottery as well as rules allowing naturalized USA citizens to sponsor family members for legal status - a system Republican critics refer to as "chain migration".
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Trump said in a second tweet Sunday that he wanted more aggressive measures in any deal: "I, as President, want people coming into our Country who are going to help us become strong and great again, people coming in through a system based on MERIT".
Trump's tweet drew a response from Sen.
During a closed-door meeting to discuss the proposal, Trump reportedly questioned why the US would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa.
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The news sent shockwaves across Pakistan causing widespread outrage with protests erupting in different parts of the country. The girl is believed to have been abducted on January 4 when she was on her way to a tuition centre near her house.
Trump denied making the remarks Friday, although U.S. Senator Richard Durbin, who was in the White House meeting, said the president had used the term.
A bipartisan group of Republican and Democratic senators have been working on a compromise, even announcing last week they had reached a tentative agreement on a bill that would include border security.
Perdue said that "the potential is there" for a deal to protect the "Dreamers" but that Democrats needed to get serious. Republicans at the meeting mostly have declined to discuss the talks in detail.
The "shithole countries" remark has vexed Republicans, compelling many to make statements criticizing Trump for the remarks.
The comments revived charges that Trump is racist and roiled the already tenuous immigration talks.
Supporters of DACA rejoiced and celebrated the ruling in the streets of San Francisco on the federal court's decision at the time. "We are getting to work as soon as possible Monday morning". Lindsey Graham, who was also at the meeting, seemed to confirm that report in a statement in which he said "following comments by the president, I said my piece directly to him yesterday". What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!