USA resumes DACA applications after judge blocks end to program

Lester Mason
January 19, 2018

(ABC) - The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) today released new policy guidance that allows states to enforce work requirements on the millions of low-income people who receive Medicaid. They're trying to strike a deal to protect the DREAMers while at the same time trying to find common ground with Republicans.

Despite the complication of the DACA fight, Democrats have additional leverage on the spending cap issue since no party has had the government shut down while controlling both Congress and the White House since 1979.

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warned that a government funding bill should not be held "hostage" to the immigration debate.

A bipartisan deal to resolve the Dreamers issue in return for changes demanded by Republicans in the way visas are allocated collapsed in acrimony Thursday over Trump's remarks, which were widely denounced as racist.

Also complicating matters on DACA has been the war of words from both parties on what exactly the President said during an immigration meeting last week, in which he reportedly made clear he did not favor more immigration from African nations and the island of Haiti. In an interview on Friday, Perdue had said he didn't remember the president using such language.

Lewis said Sunday that he believes Congress should censure Trump.

"If they come to me with things that I'm not in love with, I'm going to do it, because I respect them", he said.

Undocumented immigrants can resume applications for protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program after a federal judge last week blocked the Trump administration's plan to let DACA expire, immigration officials said.

"Donald Trump broke that promise", she said, "and then gave it to Congress and said, 'Congress, you fix this.' We thought we had it fixed".

While the federal government may appeal the order to a higher court, it had not done so as of Friday.

No. 2 House Democrat Steny Hoyer said Democrats have not decided whether they will support another continuing resolution and "kick the can down the road one more time".

California Attorney General. Xavier Becerra, who brought one of the lawsuits against the administration on DACA, disputed Trump's assertion and urged Democrats not to accept any deals that add "bad stuff" related to border security. Democrats have said they want a spending bill that protects the Dreamers, mostly Hispanic young adults. Richard Durbin, D-Illinois, came during an Oval Office meeting with congressional leaders gathered to discuss a compromise agreement hashed out by a bipartisan committee.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday aligned himself solidly with conservative Republicans on immigration, criticizing a proposed bipartisan deal as "horrible" on US border security and "very, very weak" on reforms for the legal immigration system. -Mexican border, a project opposed by Democrats.

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