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Trump's move to end DACA program blocked by second US judge

Yanez, whose mother brought him to the USA from Mexico at the age of one, grew up in Houston, where his family suffered to make ends meet; he even became homeless for a time.

The president puts the onus on Democrats but differences among Republicans could also pose challenges and Senate rules will require bipartisan support to get an immigration overhaul approved.

The hopes for citizenship of 1.8 million illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children hung in the balance Monday as Congress started up debate on sweeping new immigration legislation.

We don't know how the debate will end, but we believe the fact immigration reforms, including a permanent DACA solution, is the focus of intense debate in Washington, D.C., today is a result of Trump's action.

But Trump suspended the initiative in September and gave lawmakers until March 5 to come up with a replacement that would protect the Dreamers, a name derived from proposed legislation called the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors, or Dream Act. But President Trump and the Republican Senators by and large are firm on simultaneous action on other immigration issues, notably beefing up border security.

Democrats have talked of the possibility of providing a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers and additional border security, including the construction of more border fencing and other high-tech tools to deter illegal immigrants.

Democrats are against cuts to family migration and ending the diversity visa program.

This is the state of the legislative battle over Dreamers, the roughly 700,000 immigrants brought to the US illegally as children, whose fate has hung in the balance since President Donald Trump repealed the program preventing their deportation in September. "We would love to get it done", he said. None of these seem to have 60 votes.

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The Senate did successfully open debate on immigration Monday night, but weeks of bipartisan negotiations haven't yielded a compromise proposal. But for those GOP lawmakers interested in much stronger enforcement of immigration law, the proposal being offered by Republican Senators has a lot of sweeteners. Rather, this is the moment for a narrow bill.

But Trump is adamant that overall immigration cutbacks be part of any deal.

They expect their case to be a part of the deal, whose headline components are the future of 690,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children and, as demanded by President Donald Trump, a wall along the border with Mexico, and end to family-based chain migration and diversity visa lottery. So have the No. 2 Democratic and GOP House and Senate leaders.

This week, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly told reporters that once DACA expires, the dreamers will not be "a priority for deportation".

The program's March 5 expiration date is not set in stone, however. As with health care, the way forward for Congress on this issue is through a once-time-honored approach used effectively in Washington throughout our history to forge agreements on hard issues for the greater good of the country. Trying to illegitimately attach DACA measures to budget discussions does nothing more than create a false divide between Americans, legal immigrant Americans and illegal immigrants. Chuck Schumer, D-Minority Leader.

Democrats clearly have some support from Republicans for extending DACA protections and adding more money for border security. Sen.

The idea that a bill could pass with 49 Democrats and 11 Republicans and become law doesn't fit reality, according to Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas), who said that passing a bill through the Senate with mostly Democrats would be a "futile gesture".

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