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Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Schumer to EXTORT Dreamer AMNESTY for Spending Bill
Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer predicted Tuesday that Dreamers will get permanent legal status in the end-of-year spending deal Congress is working on, and said President Trump will have to sign it.
“We feel very strongly that DACA must pass and must pass by Dec. 31,” Mr. Schumer told reporters at the Capitol. “We think we’re going to have a good number of our Republican colleagues join us.”
Mr. Trump’s decision in September to impose a six-month phaseout on the legally suspect Obama-era DACA deportation amnesty has dropped the difficult issue in the lap of Congress.
The president said Capitol Hill must figure out a permanent solution for the nearly 700,000 young adults protected by the DACA program, but has also said it must be coupled with stiff security provisions.
Democrats have balked at those security ideas, saying the illegal immigrant Dreamers have earned a right to citizenship. They’ve created a self-imposed end-of-year deadline for getting that done.
With an end-of-year spending bill also due, Democrats have said the two issued could be coupled — and a number of Democrats have said they wouldn’t support any spending bill without a DACA fix.
Mr. Schumer, though, said it won’t come to a government shutdown situation because he said enough Republicans will back Democrats’ demands. And he said Mr. Trump would sign whatever bill reaches his desk.
“If DACA is in the omnibus he won’t veto it, is my prediction,” the New York Democrat said.