“Dreamer” immigrants struggled to gain footing in U.S. Congress

Vastavam web: Legislation to help young “Dreamer” immigrants struggled to gain footing in the U.S. Congress on Monday, but there were no signs yet that failure to pass such a bill would trigger a rerun of January’s three-day partial government shutdown.A months-long effort to give permanent protections to Dreamers, who were brought illegally to the United States when they were children, got a boost with the unveiling of a bipartisan bill in the Senate.

A broader bill by Durbin and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham was rejected by the White House last month.Lawmakers rushed on Monday to write a stopgap spending bill so that Washington would not have to shutter agencies across the country when existing money runs out on Thursday.House Republicans were set to meet on Monday night to discuss its contents. Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell floated the idea of passing a big increase in defence appropriations through Sept. 30 while negotiations continued on non-defence spending levels – an idea Democrats have opposed.Besides protecting Dreamers from deportation, it would boost security on the Mexican border.

The McCain-Coons plan is narrower in scope than a plan Trump put forward last month, which was resisted by hardline Republicans and Democrats.About 700,000 Dreamers stand to lose temporary protections that have allowed them to work and study in the United States without fear of deportation under former Democratic President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program.

The latest initiative would protect the 700,000, while also allowing hundreds of thousands of additional young immigrants in similar situations to apply for temporary legal status that could lead to U.S. citizenship.