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John Kelly: “Lazy” immigrants didn’t sign up for DACA

Despite the chief of staff suggesting DACA is lawless, he said Trump’s immigration plan is “generous,” and couldn’t believe that lawmakers would vote against it.

“What makes them act is pressure,” Kelly said of Congress. “If before the champions of DACA were members on one side of the aisle, I would say right now the champion of all people who are DACA is Donald Trump — but you would never write that.”

Kelly’s comments come as Congress has to pass a spending bill by midnight on Thursday — or the government will shut down again. So far, it seems that little progress has been made toward a permanent resolution, and another shutdown looms.

In January, President Trump outlined a four-part immigration plan during his first State of the Union address to Congress. The plan would give DACA recipients, as well as immigrants who are not enrolled in the program but qualify for it, a path to citizenship that includes “requirements for work, education and good moral character.” It also includes $ 25 billion for funding of a proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall, which Trump said “ends the dangerous practice of ‘catch and release.’” The proposal also seeks to protect “the nuclear family by ending chain migration.”

In his speech, Trump called on Democrats and Republicans to work together on a solution “because Americans are dreamers too.” The likelihood of the parties coming together on a bipartisan immigration plan is seeming more unlikely every day. On Monday, the president blasted Democrats on Twitter, saying, “Dems seem not to care about DACA,” and that “any deal on DACA that does not include STRONG border security and the desperately needed WALL is a total waste of time.”

Source: Salon: in-depth news, politics, business, technology & culture > Politics

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