Graham, Durbin introduce bipartisan immigration bill despite setbacks

Supporters of US President Donald Trump hold signs near his Mar-a Lago resort in West Palm Beach Florida

With barely two days before the United States government runs out of money, and President Donald Trump feuding with Democrats over immigration, Republican congressional leaders scrambled Wednesday to avoid an embarrassing federal shutdown.

A bipartisan deal on immigration that would shield almost a million people from deportation lay in tatters after the president's reported use of vulgar language during a tense White House meeting last week set off clashes between Trump and key Democrats, including Senator Dick Durbin. Republicans are offering to include a six-year extension of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program, a major priority for Democrats, in the hopes of getting their votes. Others, like Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), have said they want to see a plan for reducing non-defense spending before they are willing to support another stopgap measure.

Yesenia Mata, political director of the DREAM Action Coalition, told Observer they are targeting Schumer to ensure there is a clean DREAM Act with no strings attached because they do not want to "throw anyone under the bus".

"So Democrats are now threatening to shut down the government if they don't get amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants".

Many Democrats in Congress have insisted that immigration be a component of the temporary spending bill.

At a White House meeting last week, Trump reportedly referred to immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and Africa as coming from "s--hole countries" and said he wanted more immigrants from countries such as Norway.

President Donald Trump is confident that Democrats will take the blame if the government shuts down this weekend or Congress fails to find a fix to prevent DACA recipients from being deported. House GOP leaders overcame the obstacle but aren't so sure they can produce the votes now.

This puts Democrats in a precarious situation: either they can vote in favor of the bill and jeopardize the safety of the young immigrants living in the USA known as Dreamers, or vote against the bill and potentially trigger a government shutdown. "You know, we could do the same thing on immigration".

America Rising released a video of Schumer, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) and other Democrats decrying the government shutdown in 2013. Sen.

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"We have to fund our government and the Children's Health Insurance Program is a big deal", Barton said.

"We continue to believe that a sufficient number of Senate Democrats will cross the aisle to pass this deal, especially given the CHIP funding", Boltansky wrote in a note to clients after the bill was released.

House Republican leaders are expected to meet with their members Tuesday night to discuss the negotiations, according to the Journal, and congressional leaders from both parties are set to meet Wednesday, The Washington Post reported.

The latest Republican proposal would fund the government for 30 days and would include incentives for both sides to lend their support as the House leadership eyes a Thursday vote.

"I am undocumented, I am a DACA holder, and each day that passes by a lot of young undocumented lose their DACA and are put at risk", said a 23-year-old college student who identified herself as Dennise, one of those arrested in NY.

"For the Dreamers who are losing their protective status every day, there needs to be a solution now, not kicking the can down the road yet again", said Democratic Conn. Sen.

During an Oval Office meeting Tuesday with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Trump said he wants the draw immigrants from nations around the world.

McConnell's blunt answer came in response to questions about where the immigration debate goes now that a bipartisan Senate proposal from the so-called "gang of six" was rejected by Trump and GOP leaders.

"We're all highly motivated by the fact that come March the 5th, this program will no longer be available, and all of the work permits that now exist for the 690,000 DACA recipients will go away", said Mr. Cornyn. "We should be talking about working and keeping the government open".

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