That ruling came down hours after a meeting between Trump, U.S. House Appropriations Committee members and the Homeland Security Subcommittee to discuss DACA, which appeared to end with optimism from both the president and those attending the meeting.
While pro-immigration activists protested in politicians' offices across the state and nation in favor of a clean Dream Act, one that doesn't involve a border wall as a caveat, the Justice Department announced it was filing an appeal to a federal court's ruling last Tuesday that delayed the end of DACA, which was rescinded by the Trump administration September 5, and was set to expire on March 5.
On Capitol Hill, Democrats are being urged to let federal funding expire unless Republicans and President Donald Trump agree to extend the expiring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The policy allowed for certain undocumented immigrants, who had arrived in the country as children, to be eligible for a two-year protection from deportation and to get a work permit.
One of the most weird aspects of this whole fight over DACA and shitholes and Trump's racism is that Trump seems to think that if the failure to reach an immigration deal results in a government shutdown, he can credibly blame the Democrats for it and the people will go along with that.
"I am not for, at this point in time, dealing with either family reunification or diversity", Hoyer said.
Corey Stewart, a pro-Trump Republican Senate candidate in Virginia, said Trump is picking the right battle. Chuck Grassley spoke in favor of a path to citizenship for DACA recipients who "didn't break the law because their parents, who broke the law, brought them here". We welcomed people from all parts of the USA and the world to help grow our economy and fill job openings. "Amnesty is warranted for them alone, at least this time".
There are at least five bills in Congress that would provide legal status to those illegally brought to the U.S.as children, according to the Migration Policy Institute. Garcia, whose wife and two children are all US citizens, did not qualify for DACA because he was just over the age limit.
Trump's remarks about DACA recipients being "40 years old" fit a theme of his administration, which has emphasized the current age of DACA recipients rather than the age at which they arrived in the United States.