Judge Rules DACA Protections Must Stay in Place

Ceria Alfonso
Enero 13, 2018

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he was ready to accept an onslaught of criticism if lawmakers tackle broad immigration reforms after an initial deal to help the young illegal immigrants known as Dreamers and build a wall on the USA border with Mexico.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) then stepped in to remind Trump that Republican lawmakers want border security included in any DACA legislation. We need the wall for security.

When Republican senators visited President Donald Trump last week at the White House, they posed a significant question: Why is no one from the administration in charge of immigration negotiations?

Trump defended his stance on the immigration deal reached by a group of six Republican and Democratic senators on Thursday and denied using a vulgar reference to immigrants that drew widespread condemnation.

Congress must come to some agreement on immigration, with a January 19 deadline for reaching a spending deal quickly approaching and DACA set to expire March 5.

The ruling on Tuesday came hours after Mr Trump presided over a high-profile White House meeting with lawmakers from both parties on the fate of so-called Dreamers. "I'm not going to say, 'Oh, gee, I want this or I want that"'.

It is unclear if Trump is going to demand Congress include funding for the wall he envisions running along the U.S. -Mexico border as part of any border security bill, but he appeared to indicate it is part and parcel with what he views to be border security when he said "if you don't have a wall, you can not have security".

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The president also addressed the issue of a border wall with Mexico, saying the USA needs one "in certain areas obviously that aren't protected by nature" and where existing fences are in bad shape and need to be fixed or rebuilt.

Earlier this week, the Trump administration announced it would remove immigration protection for citizens of El Salvador.

But Trump also added, "There are large areas where you don't need a wall".

This time it's over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said, "We still believe we can get there".

Trump's comments came a day after an extraordinary televised bipartisan immigration meeting, where Trump called for more security at the border but also at times agreed he was for a "clean" bill to help 800,000 DACA recipients.

Dreamers are undocumented immigrants who were brought as children to the United States, largely from Mexico and Central American countries. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., left, listened as House Homeland Security Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee Chairwoman Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., spoke during a Wednesday news conference, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

DACA is an Obama-era program which ends March 5th. President, you need to be clear though.

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