President Donald Trump and a bipartisan group from Congress met January 9 at the White House to discuss a measure to keep DACA and include Trump's demands for a border wall and other security measures.
Jessica Azua is one of about 800,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients hanging on to hope and holding tight to a dream of one day building a life without fear, a life without limits. "Both democrat and republican, i really believe they're gonna come up with a solution to the DACA problem", said President Trump.
Then on Thursday, a bipartisan group of senators presented the president with an agreement on new legislation for immigrants brought to the US illegally as children.
Trump's statement comes after a California federal judge blocked the Trump administration from ending DACA - a program that protects young undocumented immigrants from deportation.
"Sen. Flake's bipartisan group - the only bipartisan group that has been negotiating a DACA fix - has struck a deal", said Flake spokesman Jason Samuels. Actually, it was reported as incredibly good and my performance, some of them called it a performance, I consider it work. Boogaard now works for FWD.us, an advocacy group created by technology giants that support DACA. "I want to fund our military", Trump said.
Graham wouldn't say how the president responded, but said that coming up with bipartisan support in the coming days "will matter to the president".
At one point, Trump, according to two sources, said: "Why do we want all these people from Africa here?"
DACA has protected about 800,000 people who were brought to the US illegally as children or came with families who overstayed visas. The program, which aims to provide visas to people from countries with low rates of immigration to United States, now distributes up to 50,000 visas a year. "We need the wall for stopping the drugs from pouring in".
Alsup said DACA must be resurrected while the legal challenge to it proceeds.Earlier, Trump had taken command of the White House meeting to coax Republican and Democratic lawmakers toward a compromise on the fate of Dreamers.
On Twitter, the president later clarified that he does consider DACA and border wall funding to be tied together. "I think the message has now been delivered that we need to get everybody at the table and we'll take the best of their ideas".
Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, a group that represents immigrants in court, said Alsup's ruling doesn't mean the federal government will start processing new applications "today, or even in the very near future".
The initiative of the Republican lawmakers proposes that the beneficiaries of DACA be able to have a permit that allows them to reside in the U.S., without being deported, for three years, with the possibility of renewing this permission indefinitely.