Local DACA recipients looking to legislators to pass 'Clean Dream Act'

Immigrant rally urges Congress to resolve fate of 'Dreamers'

We are again just a few days away from a potential government shutdown. In addition, Harrisonburg has previously been listed among some of the most affected places nationwide under President Trump's proposed travel ban, due to the Friendly City's immigrant population. The Democrats are really looking at something that is very unsafe for our country.

Now, only 25 percent - or one in four Americans - of all Americans surveyed said they believe the government should be shut down in order to doll out a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens. "We want to live in a country that we call home without fear of deportation". That speculation by Trump further heightened tensions ahead of a planned Thursday with the president and congressional leaders at the White House. The policy permits those who came into the US illegally as minors to receive a renewable two-year deferred action from deportation and eligibility to work legally in the U.S. Thousands of DREAMers, an estimated 11,000, have already started losing their jobs and protected status, and the number will only grow.

"I still don't think government shutdown is a good thing", said Sen.

I've met with many individuals impacted by DACA and have heard from our Southwest Michigan universities, restaurant and small business owners, as well as my farmer friends, who all agree we must ensure a path forward.

Congress has until March to come up with a solution for the DACA program.

Since the Trump Administration's announcement to rescind the program, I've gained faith in the bipartisan work Congress has done to pass a long-term fix like the Dream Act.

Dozens of House Republicans are calling for a permanent legislative solution this month for the young immigrants temporarily shielded from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Cornyn's comprehensive border security bill introduced earlier this year.

SNELL: Democrats say that's wrong on multiple counts.

GOP Congressional leadership has said they see no urgency to act, since DACA doesn't expire until March 5. "It's a false choice, also, to suggest that these two issues need to be connected". Those require 60 votes to pass the Senate, so the 52 Republicans don't have enough votes to keep the government open on their own.

Threatening my safety and almost 800,000 Dreamers like myself in exchange for a "deal" that includes a 50 percent reduction to annual immigration levels, a dramatic ramp up of enforcement amounting to a deportation force that will devastate our economy, separate families and swoop up our coworkers and neighbors who enrich our lives, is not compassionate nor reasonable. Senate Republicans, including Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley of Iowa and Sen. They want a path to citizenship, and they say they're exhausted of waiting. That's why activists like Jeremy Robbins of the group New American Economy say this is a ideal time for Congress to act.

Goodlatte is a member of the Immigration Working Group appointed by Speaker Paul Ryan to address the DACA program.

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

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