The nationwide mobilization comes the day before Congressional leaders are expected to meet with President Trump to discuss the year-end spending package. The Democrats are really looking at something that is very risky for our country. "They are American in every way except their immigration status". For many, this is the only country they have ever known. That speculation by Trump further heightened tensions ahead of a planned Thursday with the president and congressional leaders at the White House.
A statewide pro-immigration coalition stepped into existence on Wednesday morning, announcing itself hours before thousands of protesters prepared to converge on Washington to demand a permanent solution for young people whose DACA protection is ending.
Republicans must secure the vote of at least eight Democrats in order to overcome a filibuster and pass the bill.
This relatively popular category of roughly 800,000 undocumented immigrants, brought into the country illegally as children, has been exposed to deportation since Donald Trump revoked Barack Obama's DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, which provided for protection from prosecution and access to work permits.
Saying the future of America and its economy depends upon it, Sacramento business and civic leaders joined students at Sacramento State on Wednesday to sign a letter to six local U.S. Congress members asking them to help advance bipartisan legislation that would offer so-called "Dreamers" protection from deportation and a path to citizenship. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn's remarks are below, and video of his remarks can be found here.
JOHN CORNYN: We are certainly willing to enter into those good faith negotiations, but they do not belong in a end-of-the-year spending appropriations debate. "We believe that this country was founded by immigrants, this country is improved by immigrants, this country is about diversity, and love and acceptance". Worse yet, only 34 percent of Democrats like the idea (support among independents, at 20 percent, is identical to the number of Republicans going along with it).
Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Bernie Sanders of Vermont have been extremely outspoken on the issue, repeatedly asserting their opposition to any spending bill that neglects Dreamers.
This issue can not wait, and Congress must act before the end of the year.
"As Congress is working towards a comprehensive long-term agreement to fund government operations, House Republicans are committed to keeping the government open".
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.
Republicans have warned that combining the two could risk preventing a bipartisan deal on immigration at a time when there is renewed hope that such a solution is possible.