The Hill/ Mike Lillis/ November 21, 2017
The fight over â€śDreamersâ€ť is heating up as the legislative calendar winds down, setting the stage for a year-end clash thatâ€™s heightening the odds of a government shutdown.
Lawmakers headed into the long Thanksgiving recess are in stark disagreement over how, and when, to provide legal cover for undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children â€” legislation both parties say they want after President Trump rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in September.
Behind Trump, GOP leaders are opposed to attaching any DACA provisions to legislation extending government funding, which expiresÂ Dec. 8. But Democratic leaders, pressured by their activist base and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, are insisting that the DACA protections be finalized before yearâ€™s end. Many Democrats are threatening to withhold support for an omnibus spending bill if the immigration language isnâ€™t included.
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