Democrats Want Protection For DREAMers Included In Government Funding Bill

Rep. Kinzinger Signs Letter Seeking Legislation to Protect'Dreamers

This proposal, as I have told them personally, can not be considered a good faith effort to provide protection for the Dreamers, including those who were enrolled in DACA.

They and other House Republican signing on to the letter wrote that while they disagreed with the executive action used by then-President Barack Obama to create the DACA program, and that the right way to address the issue of those who have entered the country illegally is through the legislative process.

Sutton said that since the program's inception, 440,000 DACA recipients have bought a vehicle, 96,000 have bought a home and the 40,000 have started small businesses.

'By threatening to shut down the government, they are jeopardizing the future fate of those DACA recipients'. Thousands of DREAMers, an estimated 11,000, have already started losing their jobs and protected status, and the number will only grow.

Dozens of immigration advocates and supporters attend a rally outside of Trump Tower along Fifth Avenue on August 15, 2017 in New York City. Earlier this year, FAIR's President Dan Stein said that Americans "would be perfectly fine if we didn't have another immigrant for 50 years".

"There is no crisis", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told ABC News on Sunday.

Their lack of commitment stands in stark opposition to the five progressive senators who have vowed to oppose any spending legislation - even a short-term bill like the one now on the table - no protection for Dreamers is included.

An ABC News/Washington Post poll in September found that 86% of Americans support DACA, and 65% support both DACA and adding increased border security. It also opens up a path to citizenship after 10 years if strict requirements are met.

Groups like the Center for Immigration Studies, Federation for American Immigration Reform, NumbersUSA, Immigration Reform Law Institute and Californians for Population Stabilization want people to think they support finding a compassionate and sensible solution for Dreamers, but how can they when for years they have attacked us and other immigrants through backdoor legal assaults and draconian legislative demands. DACA recipients are important not only to our communities, but also our economy.

Indeed, five Senate Democrats and 25 House Democrats have publicly vowed not to vote for any spending legislation - even a short-term stopgap measure like the one Republicans are trying to engineer before the last stopgap bill expires this Friday - that does not include protection for Dreamers.

KELSEY SNELL, BYLINE: Nobody on Capitol Hill says they want a shutdown, but as President Trump said today.

They said they "agree that our border must be enforced, our national security defended and our broken immigration system reformed". So it's not surprising congressional Democrats would really like to get protection for Dreamers as part of the price Republicans pay for getting their cooperation on must-pass spending legislation.

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