Since the Trump administration's decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals in early September, immigration reform has become bigger than Russian Federation once again. The White House and Democrats couldn't seem to agree on what they did or didn't agree to in a meeting on Wednesday.
We encourage all people of conscience to continue to rise up and resist this latest attack on our immigrant siblings, and applaud the demonstrations of support shown from the full spectrum of ethical and religious traditions.
Christian Ugaz, a DACA recipient from Weehawken, said he's cautiously hopeful.
"That's an important position because we can not make a 2,200 mile (3,540 km) wall a condition for passing the Dream Act and we've been very clear from the start", said Senator Dick Durbin, a senior Democrat who has been working for the past 16 years to legislate protections for the Dreamers.
Ultimately, we agree with Obama's critics that Congress has the sole authority to establish immigration policy. There is an obsession in D.C. with deal-making: What do I get for passing this, or voting for that?
KELLY: Richard, might another way to look at this be that the president does keep saying he wants to help DREAMers? With no official record of whether any students are DACA certified, Bradley would not be able to, nor would we voluntarily provide information on this topic, the email said.
"We have to have an understanding that whether it's in the budget or some other vehicle, in a fairly short period of time, the wall will be funded". Everybody's on board. They want to do something. Here's another DREAMer. She's 25 years old. It included a framework for protection for the dreamers in exchange for beefed-up border security, but did not include money for the president's border wall. "The executive branch's job is to enforce and implement those laws", Obama said. The president was not invited, which I gather is unusual.
The Dreamers, immigrants brought to America by their parents without a say in the matter, grow up with those freedoms. Congress now has an urgent and closing window to right this wrong and prevent this catastrophe for so many young people and their families and for their communities and our country. My [message] always was 'I have bought you time to do something on DACA.' I begged and pleaded with them. One young man, Ronnie James of NY, leads a group of black DREAMers.
Garaufis, who's scheduled to hear the DACA suit against the Trump administration brought by Eric Schneiderman and 15 other attorneys general, also said that he'd prefer to see the issue hammered out in the legislature rather than by a judge.