If Congress can get that first deal done, it could then move on to tackle the thornier issues of ending chain migration and moving to a merit-based system.
The bill tackles the issue of the future of the 690,000 youths, known as "Dreamers", who came to the United States when they were children and were permitted to stay under former President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme, which was established in 2012 and suspended by the Trump administration in September 2017. Durbin is blunt. He says he doesn't love making all the tradeoffs Republicans are demanding.
No doubt better border security and a more logical guest worker visa program are essentials, but all these issues can be dealt with after Congress passes a budget, which is the real priority now.
The judge ruled that the program must stay intact, while the legal battle plays out.
Consider other complicating factors.
President Donald Trump lashed out Wednesday at a federal judge who's temporarily blocked him from ending protections for almost 800,000 young immigrants.
He also believes Trump is anxious about the long-term solution that is reached on the Dreamers' issue.
All of this started, of course, with Obama.
A memo co-authored by former Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri, obtained by The Daily Caller, admits the Democratic Party needs to protect illegal immigrants brought here by DACA in order to ensure those additional votes. He then made a decision to legalize the dreamers.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., said the ruling should "not undercut the urgency" for Congress to pass a law. At the same time, Trump called on Congress to come up with a legislative solution to keep the program in place.
Talks seemed likely to continue Wednesday, and Trump's comments seemed more a reaction against judicial limitations on his powers than a desire to permanently end the immigrants' protections. On the subject of money, however, the Democrats have Trump beat. Instead, how about taking a close look at the 2 million or so people who apply every year and figure out which ones have the skills, education and other qualities that would promise quick assimilation and a boon to the economy? "We need to let the process flow". Some want big reductions in legal immigration, too.
The agreement among senators came as more than 100 corporate CEOs urged Congress to "act immediately and pass a permanent bipartisan legislative solution to enable Dreamers who are now living, working, and contributing to our communities to continue doing so". And yet there is also reported momentum in arriving at something most can live with. However, the ruling is restricted -the administration does not need to process applications for those who have never before received DACA protections, Alsup said.
- Jay Ambrose is an op-ed columnist for Tribune News Service.
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