'They Just Don't Care': Trump Slams Democrats for DACA Inaction

Rewarding bad behavior is the worst approach to illegal immigration

Congress will hit an initial deadline Monday for resolving the fate of "Dreamers", with nothing to show for months of negotiations over almost two million immigrants who arrived in the United States illegally as children.

Six months ago, lawmakers promised to have a solution for DACA in place.

They bickered. Young immigrants and activists launched fiery protests. "Where are they?" Trump asked, referring to Democrats.

"When you are an immigrant you feel so alone, and it feels fantastic to see people from so many communities support us", said Nancy Canales, 18, a Seattle resident who participated in a march in Washington on Monday to support her undocumented siblings who could benefit from DACA.

The Supreme Court ruling hints that the issue won't be resolved any time soon, leaving Dreamers in continued legal limbo. Those whose permits expired by March 5 had a month to apply for renewal. "And now we don't have that deadline in the same way we did before the court decision".

Erik Lopez, 19, a freshman at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and a DACA recipient, attended the march in Washington and said he fears his studies in political science and criminal justice will go to waste if he loses the work permit tied to his DACA status.

Billy Graham's motorcade draws faithful in North Carolina
The Bush family will visit with the Graham family and pay their respects to the evangelical leader at the Graham Family Homeplace. On Friday, President Trump eulogized Graham at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on the border of D.C.

Among the Senate bills that failed to advance was a Trump-backed plan that would provide a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million Dreamers - the almost 700,000 DACA registrants, plus 1.1 million who were eligible but did not register - in exchange for extra border security funding and dramatic curtailment of legal immigration.

"We are here to make sure they don't forget about us".

Congress had every opportunity to legislate a fix, but the fate of Dreamers has proved too divisive for lawmakers to resolve.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus chairwoman Michelle Lujan Grisham urged "all our colleagues to support the fair, permanent, and narrow bipartisan bills that protect Dreamers and which have the votes to pass the House and Senate".

"DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don't really want it, they just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our military", the president tweeted in January.

In January, the president proposed a path to citizenship for 1.8 million young immigrants as part of an immigration package that included $25 billion for a wall and other border enforcement measures and sharp cuts to legal immigration.

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