Sacramento civic and business leaders urge local Congress members to fix DACA

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Yet the same can not be said for the hundreds of thousands of DREAMers whose lives and futures are still on the line after President Trump ended the DACA program. Cory Booker, who called the issue one of "basic decency and morality" and last month, and said "I want solutions to protect these kids, and won't vote for a spending bill that doesn't include one".

Evelyn Valdez-Ward is a PhD student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Irvine, and a DACA recipient. But Democrats' willingness to cooperate will likely hinge on how extensive those protections are as numerous aforementioned progressive lawmakers have established a "clean" DACA extension, absent any security measures or merit based reforms, as their ultimate goal.

At Sacramento State, University President Robert Nelsen put his signature on a petition to Congress, urging lawmakers to take action before 2017 ends.

"I believe I'm American in every way, the only thing that's missing is my immigration status, and I just feel very American, and I want to stay here and I want to keep contributing". "Not acting is creating understandable uncertainty and anxiety amongst immigrant communities".

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Voters in vulnerable GOP districts oppose tax bill Giffords targets 8 Republicans on hide and carry in new ads DACA advocates see efforts gaining steam in the House MORE told The Hill he's ready to buck his party's leadership to fight for so-called Dreamers, but thinks Republicans have incentives to extend or expand DACA benefits. Meanwhile, immigrant youth in Johnson City, Memphis, Nashville will hold vigils and rallies in their cities. In October, he joined a Republican-led effort, known as the SUCCEED Act, that proposes rigorous vetting requirements for young immigrants to "earn the right to citizenship" over a 15-year period.

House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have both said in recent days that they don't consider it urgent legislation.

Diaz fears deportation if Congress fails to come up with a solution for DACA before a March deadline. "There's no emergency. The president has given us to March to address it".

"America has to have a heart", Nelsen added.

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Democrats say that's wrong on multiple counts - that they don't want immigrants streaming into the country illegally, nor do they want a shutdown.

"Certainly, we want to find a bipartisan solution and we definitely do not want to get into a debate about shutting the government down", Denham said.

"There's a growing chorus with a simple message for Congress - step up and fix our broken immigration system, starting with a fix for Dreamers", NAE President John Feinblatt told Illinois Business Daily. "The House Judiciary Committee will continue to aggressively pursue the enactment of our immigration enforcement agenda so that our laws are enforced, we prevent illegal immigration, and the rule of law is restored".

In a statement, McClintock said any reform must include the building of a border wall, along with other security measures. So it's not surprising congressional Democrats would really like to get protection for Dreamers as part of the price Republicans pay for getting their cooperation on must-pass spending legislation.

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