Four months after President Trump announced he would end the Obama-era executive action shielding young undocumented immigrants from deportation, no resolution bill has come close to the Oval Office yet.
And finally, they are discussing eliminating the diversity visa lottery, which allows 50,000 slots for people to apply to emigrate to the USA, and giving those slots to immigrants already in the US with protected status, including those from El Salvador and Haiti whose protected status was eliminated.
"Americans have been debating how to best fix the country's immigration system for decades", they wrote in the WSJ. The ruling, which is certain to be appealed, also said the government does not have to accept applications from those not now covered by DACA.
It does not open the door to the possibility of obtaining U.S. citizenship, one of the key points for the opposition Democrats.
While she's hopeful, she's also fearful of an unpredictable future.
"I feel having the Democrats in with us is absolutely vital because it should be a bipartisan bill", the president said in the Cabinet Room.
Tuesday was a very unusual day for the ongoing negotiations and uncertainty regarding the DACA program and the DREAMers, young people brought here illegally by their parents who have known this as their home. The president gave Congress until March 5 to pass new legislation.
If someone's DACA expired on or after September 5, 2016, that person may file a renewal request, the agency says; people who received DACA that expired before then can file a new DACA request.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra brought the lawsuit together with the attorneys general for Maine, Maryland and Minnesota, as well as the University of California, DACA recipients and others.
Villalobos is a graduate of Centennial High School and UC Santa Barbara and a DACA recipient. "We need to let the process flow".
Clearly, Congress should approve a legal resolution to the matter.
The government was sued on grounds that ending the programme was arbitrary and done without following proper legal procedures. Lal said the Department of Justice will likely file an emergency stay in court, which, if granted, would suspend the preliminary injunction.
"We have something in common: We'd like to see this get done", Trump said.
In the meantime, a federal judge has made a significant ruling on how to address those young immigrants while Congress continues to negotiate. He said opponents of his policies "almost always" win in the federal court district where that judge serves.
For her part, Lal said the issue is personal: She was undocumented before marrying her partner who is a USA citizen. "But that's what we're waiting on the government to do".
Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, introduced the bill alongside Republican leaders of several other House committees and subcommittees related to immigration and national security. He said that previous beneficiaries of DACA, known as Dreamers, must be allowed to renew their status in the program, although the government would not be required to accept new applications from immigrants who had not previously submitted one.
A bipartisan group of senators has struck an initial deal that would shield "DREAMers" from deportation in exchange for more money for border security and changes to some immigration programs - but senior White House officials and congressional GOP hardliners made it clear it's a nonstarter nearly as soon as it materialized.
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