Trump move on dreamers blocked

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But the bill does contain much of what the president has said he wants to see in an immigration bill: a plan to fund the border wall and to end the chain migration system as well as the visa lottery program.

"I would like to add the words "merit" into any bill that's submitted because I think we should have merit-based immigration like they have in Canada, like they have in Australia", Trump said during his meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers at the White House.

Trump said this a day after he opened to the press nearly his entire meeting with the Congressional leadership on immigration.

To RAICES, a nonprofit that works with immigrants, a federal judge's ruling that the Trump administration must keep the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program going as arguments go through the court is vindication, but not a victory.

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Earlier this week, a federal district judge in California issued a preliminary injunction against the Trump administration's efforts to end DACA, an Obama administration-era program that helps protect the roughly 800,000 so-called dreamers from deportation.

"I can tell you that a deal has not been reached", said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

In September, Mr Trump said he was scrapping the Daca programme but delayed enforcement to give Congress six months - until March - to craft a lasting solution. Democrats have ruled out funding a border "wall" ― although many say they are open to other measures, including some areas of fencing ― and oppose efforts to cut legal immigration without getting something in return, such as temporary worker visas or legal status for a larger group of the undocumented population, like in previous comprehensive reform efforts.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer doesn't want to link DACA protections with a border wall.

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"As I made very clear today, our country needs the security of the wall on the southern border, which must be part of any DACA approval", he tweeted.

Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal, a frequent Trump critic, said on Thursday the comments "smack of blatant racism, the most odious and insidious racism masquerading poorly as immigration policy".

However, after previously hinting that a "Clean DREAM" act *could* be possible, President Trump retreated Wednesday back to a familiar position. The ruling, which is certain to be appealed, also said the government does not have to accept applications from those not now covered by DACA. Ideally, this legislation would keep the government from shutting down on January 19, since it fulfills both Republican and Democrat budget desires.

"Truly, it [DACA fix] should be a bill of love", Trump said.

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As DACA recipients wait for the courts to work through the issue, Tullius said they're already standing up, which RAICES encourages. Chatter on his mental state cropped up after the release of Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. "The Dems will threaten "shutdown", but what they are really doing is shutting down our military, at a time we need it most".

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