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No progress on 'Dreamer' immigrants; Trumps says could very well not happen

Republicans, who control Congress, are undecided on what to do about DACA and the Dreamers

James Oliphant & Amanda Becker | Reuters 

No progress on 'Dreamer' immigrants; Trumps says could very well not happen

The US Congress made no notable progress this week toward a deal on the status of 700,000 “Dreamer” immigrants, with President saying on Friday that one “could very well not happen” by a deadline next month. Whether the lack of progress signalled the possibility of another federal government shutdown next week was unclear, but it worried the Dreamers, young people who were brought illegally into the United States as children. Trump said last year that he would end by March 5 a program that was set up by former President to protect the from deportation, and he urged Congress to act before that date. No action has resulted. “We want to make a deal,” Trump said at an event in Virginia with US Customs and Border Protection officials.

And he blamed Democratic lawmakers for the impasse. “I think they want to use it for political purposes for elections. I really am not happy with the way it’s going from the standpoint of the Democrats,” he said. Democrats have said repeatedly that they want protections written into law for the Dreamers, who were given temporary legal status by Obama’s (DACA) program, which lets them study and work in the United States without fear of deportation. Republicans, who control Congress, are undecided on what to do about DACA and the They ended a three-day retreat at a mountain resort in West Virginia on Friday not much nearer to consensus than they were a week ago.

First Published: Sat, February 03 2018. 22:57 IST
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