Published: Mon, January 15, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

DACA Renewal Applications Resume After Judge's Ruling

DACA Renewal Applications Resume After Judge's Ruling

An immigrant advocacy group said it will will help DREAMers cut bureaucratic red tape starting Monday after the government announced it will again accept renewal requests from recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, warned on Saturday that the window for renewal applications may be a "short" one.

On Thursday, Trump rejected a pitch from a bipartisan team of senators on an immigration deal to protect DACA participants while increasing border security. The party is now using the program as a political bargaining chip in Congress's debate over the federal budget, demanding that any deal to keep the government funded must include protections for DACA recipients, also known as DREAMers. They have targeted the abolition of a special program allowing citizens of some countries to apply for visas distributed by lottery as well as rules allowing naturalized US citizens to sponsor family members for legal status - a system Republican critics refer to as "chain migration".

Trump, who railed against the judicial system after the judge's decision, went after congressional Democrats on Sunday.

"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", Trump tweeted.

But that agreement was cast into doubt the same day when a firestorm erupted after reports surfaced that President Trump, during a meeting with lawmakers over an immigration bill, asked why the USA was accepting immigrants from "shithole countries" referring reportedly to immigrants from Haiti and Africa. "No more Lotteries! #AMERICA FIRST", he added.

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Trump's tweet drew a response from Sen.

But negotiations over a deal on the DACA program froze last week after Trump derided African nations as "sh-hole countries" and asked why more immigrants couldn't come from Norway during the Thursday's closed-door meeting with lawmakers.

The comments led to harsh recriminations from Democrats and Republicans alike, even as bipartisan talks continued in Congress.

Trump denied making the remarks Friday, although U.S. Senator Richard Durbin, who was in the White House meeting, said the president had used the term. Lindsey Graham of SC, issued a statement that did not specifically confirm the words used but backed up Durbin's account.

Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, the first black female Republican in Congress and the daughter of Haitian immigrants, denounced Trump's comments as racist and called on him to apologize.

Supporters of DACA rejoiced and celebrated the ruling in the streets of San Francisco on the federal court's decision at the time. "We must continue to press on and get a deal". What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!

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