What Does Judge's Decision Mean For DACA Recipients Now?

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In addition to border security, other points of negotiation include the how to address the Dreamers, undocumented immigrants brought to the US illegally as children. The program is now set to expire on March 5.

"It just shows everyone how broken and unfair our Court System is when the opposing side in a case (such as DACA) always runs to the 9th Circuit and nearly always wins before being reversed by higher courts", the president wrote in a tweet Wednesday morning. Becerra said the federal judge's ruling should strengthen the Democrats' leverage at the negotiating table.

Schumer said the judge's ruling "is no guarantee of lasting security" because the judge could be overruled later by a higher court.

"They can pay for it indirectly through NAFTA", Trump said Thursday in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. "The iron is hot".

Some other lawmakers who have been engaged in the negotiations were also optimistic; others said no deal had yet been reached.

An estimated 800,000 people, most of whom have lived and worked in the United States for most of their lives, are awaiting confirmation about their future legal status as Congress seeks a solution to the issue.

At President Trump's first cabinet meeting of 2018, immigration was one the biggest topics. Arizona Republican Jeff Flake told reporters today it has happened.

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No. 2 Senate GOP leader John Cornyn of Texas told reporters Wednesday he'd be "surprised" if an immigration deal can be completed by the January 19 deadline.

"There is a reason why the President has said that is not acceptable to him and sent everybody back to the same drawing board that Kevin McCarthy drew up on Tuesday", Cotton said after the meeting. The CEOs argue that allowing DACA to expire could result in a negative impact of $215 billion on the US economy.

"We're pleased that bipartisan members are talking", President Donald Trump's congressional liaison Marc Short said today, but added, "I think there's still a ways to go". "It is within the power of the legislature to enact a permanent solution for the dreamers", said South Texas College of Law Houston Constitutional Law Professor Josh Blackman. The measure would also end the diversity visa program and terminate the process that allows citizens and green-cards holders to sponsor family members for immigration - which Republicans refer to as chain migration - by allowing only those groups to sponsor spouses and minor children.

President Donald Trump, using vulgar terms, rejected a pitch Thursday from a bipartisan team of senators on a compromise immigration deal to protect DACA participants while increasing border security.

"We know what we're dealing with: a racist administration", Cristina Jimenez, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the advocacy group United We Dream, said on the same press call Friday.

"We need permanent legislative solution to DACA, not a drawn out legal fight, and this ruling ups the ante for Congress to act", said John Rowe, Exelon Chairman Emeritus and IBIC Co-Chair, "There is only one real path forward: either Congress will pass a legislative solution to DACA, or almost 800,000 DACA recipients will lose their ability to live and work legally in this country".

The comments echoed July remarks Trump made to reporters aboard Air Force One, suggesting that the border wall needed to be transparent so that people on the U.S. side wouldn't get hit by massive sacks of drugs tossed over it. He'd made similar statements a year ago, but this time it was in the context of negotiations for actual legislation.