President Trump Tweets That DACA Is 'Probably Dead'

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In September 2017, Trump pledged to end DACA altogether unless Democrats and Republicans in Congress could craft a bill addressing serious legal and immigration issues that he could sign.

Efforts to extend the program are further complicated because it could make a funding bill to avert a government shutdown due Friday more hard.

One of Trump's top advisers, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, said on "Fox News Sunday" she did not recall if Trump used "that specific phrase". Dick Durbin, who was at the White House meeting, said Friday that the President "said these hate-filled things and he said them repeatedly".

So far, Republicans and Democrats have not been able to compromise on an immigration reform bill that would also address the problem of illegal aliens and "Dreamers" now in the United States. "And I'm telling you it's a gross misrepresentation".

While Democrats are pushing to make reforms by the January 19 budget deadline, Republicans appear unwilling to do so unless they get hardline immigration reforms in exchange. But it has infuriated Democrats who see the comment as evidence of malicious intent in Trump's policymaking.

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"DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don't really want it", Trump wrote on Twitter on Sunday.

"I heard that account before the account even went public", he said on "This Week". "I think that would show real leadership", she said on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday. 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 USA citizens to sponsor family members for legal status - a system Republican critics refer to as "chain migration".

The deal had included a pathway to citizenship for the Dreamers that would take up to 12 years, as well as 1.6 billion US dollars for border security, including Mr Trump's promised wall along the US-Mexico border. It has distracted from the policy discussion of not only DACA, but of broader issues like immigration based on merit, which the president says he favors over a policy of family reunification, what he calls "chain immigration". There are 51 Senate Republicans in a chamber in which 60 votes are needed to pass major legislation, and GOP leaders are also facing problems in the House, where some Republican members have balked at the prospect of passing another stopgap that does not increase military funding.

Applications started arriving immediately after a federal court blocked the administration from ending the program that was put in place by the Obama administration.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Saturday it would begin taking new applications from undocumented immigrants seeking to register for the DACA program. On Sunday, the situation's urgency had not changed.

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