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Most Americans Want Legal Status for ‘Dreamers.’ These People Don’t.

“I think DACA recipients should be given a few months to get their affairs in order and return to their home countries,” said Ms. Sterry, 58, a former math teacher, referring to the Obama-era program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, that President Trump has ended but which could be revived or replaced in a congressional deal.And to those who contend that the young immigrants would be marooned in a country they do not remember, Ms. Sterry says: “Parents and children can all go home together.”Less than a quarter of American voters, and in some polls as few as one in 10, share Ms. Sterry’s beliefs. But they show how the country’s conflicted emotions about undocumented immigrants have stymied legislation for more than a decade, polarizing both parties and most recently leading to the short-lived government shutdown that still did not settle the issue.Their counterparts on the liberal side are the progressives who are upset with Senate Democrats like Chuck Schumer, the minority leader, for allowing the government to reopen without a guarantee of protection for DACA recipients, known as Dreamers.On the Republican side, moderates are feeling the pull of hard-line members who want any legalization bill to incorporate significant changes to immigration enforcement, including measures Democrats generally oppose, such as funding for a border wall, a sharp reduction in overall migration, and a shift to merit-based admissions from a family-based system that critics call “chain migration.”GraphicA Typical ‘Dreamer’ Lives in Los Angeles, Is From Mexico and Came to the U.S. at 6 Years OldThere are roughly 800,000 current beneficiaries of the DACA program. […]

How Trump and Schumer Came Close to a Deal Over Cheeseburgers


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Why Did Trump Work Again With Democrats? ‘He Likes Us,’ Schumer Says

But Mr. Schumer, who had engaged in a public feud with Mr. Trump for months, thinks that Democrats — meaning Mr. Schumer himself — seem to have finally figured out a way to exert influence on the president without getting too close to a man most Democratic voters view as unfit to serve.“He likes us. He likes me, anyway,” Mr. Schumer was overheard saying on the Senate floor on Thursday, adding that he had told the president, “You’re much better off if you can sometimes step right and sometimes step left.”Moving only in one direction, Mr […]

Pelosi and Schumer Say They Have Deal With Trump to Replace DACA

PhotoRepresentative Nancy Pelosi of California and Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leaders.Credit Tom Brenner/The New York TimesWASHINGTON — Democratic leaders on Wednesday night declared that they had a deal with President Trump to quickly extend protections for young undocumented immigrants and to finalize a border security package that does not include the president’s proposed wall.The Democrats, Senator Chuck Schumer of New York and Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, said in a joint statement that they had had a “very productive” dinner meeting with the president at the White House that focused on the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. “We agreed to enshrine the protections of DACA into law quickly, and to work out a package of border security, excluding the wall, that’s acceptable to both sides,” they said.In its own statement, the White House was far more muted, mentioning DACA as merely one of several issues that were discussed, including tax reform and infrastructure. It called the meeting, which came a week after the president struck a stunning spending-and-debt deal with the Democratic leaders, “a positive step toward the president’s strong commitment to bipartisan solutions.”But the bipartisan comity appeared to have its limits. In a tweet, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, disputed the Democrats’ characterization of Mr. Trump’s stance on the border wall. “While DACA and border security were both discussed, excluding the wall was certainly not agreed to,” she wrote.Continue reading the main storyMr. […]

As Affordable Care Act Repeal Teeters, Prospects for Bipartisanship Build

“I think it’s going to be very difficult” for Republicans to reach agreement on a bill this week, said Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine. But, she added, “you never know.”Continue reading the main storySenator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, was even more skeptical. […]

Senate Backs Measure Limiting President’s Power to Lift Sanctions


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On Washington: Republicans Agree on No Shutdown, but Not on How to Avoid One


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