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Posted - 12/31/2017 :  9:54:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

I wonder if we get a wall, a budget and more freeloading illegal immigrants that where brought here by their illegal parents!


The Senate is eyeing a vote on an agreement linking a fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and border security.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has promised to bring a potential bill up for a vote in January if senators can finish legislation by then.

But divisions remain on key issues, including if those covered by DACA should get citizenship, how many individuals would be covered and what security provisions would be part of a package.

“Everybody’s going to have to hold their nose a bit and take a little bit of a loss in order to solve the problem. That’s the balance that we have to get to. Are we there yet? No. But I think we will get there,” said Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.).

House conservatives have resisted a legislative fix on DACA.

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), an immigration hawk, spoke with Trump before the holidays urging him to keep his campaign pledge to end DACA. King said he wants the negotiations to incorporate proposals like making English the official language of the U.S. and ending birthright citizenship for children of immigrants in the country illegally.

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) promised conservatives upon taking his post in 2015 that he would not bring up any immigration bill that lacked support from a majority of Republicans, meaning any DACA-border security deal is sure to face a tough path in the House.

Surveillance reform

The short-term spending bill included a temporary extension of an electronic surveillance program, known as Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The program will expire with the stopgap measure on Jan. 19 unless lawmakers can act in time on a longer-term reauthorization.
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