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The Supreme’s will hold a rare off the books meeting on DACA….

Several Federal courts have rulled that the Trump Admin cannot attempt to end the program….

Congress is stuck trying to legislate and codify a new Immigration policy….

The Supreme Court will hold a closed-door meeting to decide whether or not to take up a lower court opinion that blocked the White House plan to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an amnesty program at the forefront of the debate on illegal immigration.

In an unusual move, the nation’s highest court will consider the possibility of reviewing the opinion without a ruling from a federal appeals court, following a direct request from the Justice Department to decide the case, according to CNN.

The department wants the court to rule on whether the administration must continue to accept DACA renewal applications from participants after federal Northern California District Judge William Alsup blocked President Trump‘s decision to end the program…..

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Senate votes down four Immigration Bill proposals…

It appaears that ALL parties are holding fast on their starting positions on the often hard task of dealing with Immigration issues….

Recent Federal judges rulings forbiding Trump’s DHS from stopping the DACA and Dreamers programs have probably taken the heat off efforts to come with a bill anytime soon….

But the issue is still gonna be around…

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has with the votes, technically done his part of the deal he made with Democrats that he would bring the issue to the Senate floor for a vote….

Democrats are holding fast on NOT caving on trying to get as much as they can from the Republicans who need 60 votes in the Senate for passage of a bill…

The Republican-led Senate on Thursday blocked both President Trump’s immigration plan and a bipartisan alternative, a failure that cast doubt on whether Congress will ever resolve the fate of hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants.

In a series of afternoon votes, senators failed to muster enough votes for a Republican plan backed by Trump that would have granted legal status to 1.8 million young immigrants and spent at least $25 billion to bolster security along the U.S.-Mexico border. It also would have made changes to family-based legal migration programs and ended a diversity lottery system used by immigrants from smaller countries.

The vote was 39-60, well short of the 60 needed to move ahead.

The Senate also couldn’t produce enough votes for a bipartisan plan that would legalize the same number of undocumented immigrants and appropriate $25 billion for southern border security construction projects over the next decade — not immediately, as Trump wants. The bill also would have curbed family-based immigration programs, but not to the extent Trump is seeking, and it said nothing about the diversity visa lottery program.

The vote was 54-45, short of the 60 necessary to move ahead.

The White House threatened a veto of that plan and in a tweet shortly before the vote, Trump called it a “total catastrophe.”

The failed votes could plunge the nation’s immigration system into further crisis, as millions of “dreamers” are set to lose legal protections when the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is set to end on March 5. Federal court challenges continue, meaning the program may continue under legal limbo until June….

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Three Republican senators floated a fallback plan Thursday to protect hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants facing deportation in exchange for $25 billion in border security.

Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Thune (S.D.), Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) floated a measure that would extend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program indefinitely in exchange for $25 billion in border security funding.

It would require DACA recipients to reapply to the program every two years and cap expenditures….

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Feb. 2018 Poll…Biden beats Trump…Obamacare support 47/35 for…Tax cut 30% support to 41% against…

Good news for Democrats in the latest Public Policy Polling poll out today….

Here are the highlights of PPP’s first public national poll of the year:

2018 Landscape

Democrats have a solid 49-41 lead on the generic Congressional ballot, although that’s down a shade from December when it was 51-40. Beyond their overall lead, they’re also benefiting from an enthusiasm advantage- 65% of Clinton voters say they’re ‘very excited’ to vote in the election this fall, compared to 58% of Trump voters.

Paul Ryan’s seen a bump in his approval rating after the passage of tax reform- in December it was 23-58, and now it’s 29-53. There’s been no such boost for Mitch McConnell though- he was at 13-61 then and he’s at 14-59 now.

Tax Reform

Public opinion is more split about the tax bill now than it was before the holidays. 38% of voters say they support the plan to 41% who are opposed to it. Voters are still skeptical about how much they will personally benefit from it though. 35% think it will help their family’s finances, 29% think it won’t have much of an impact on their family’s finances, and 28% think it will hurt their family’s finances. That skepticism voters have about how much the tax bill will help them is probably rooted in the fact that 56% think it will mostly benefit the rich to 31% who think it will mostly help the middle class.

One interesting finding is that only 17% of voters realize that more than 80% of the benefits from the tax plan will go to the wealthiest 1%. It will be interesting as Democrats message around that in the midterms this year to see how much increasing awareness of that fact will impact feelings about the bill.

Health Care

While the tax issue isn’t hurting Republicans quite as much as it was a couple months ago, the party’s failed effort on health care last year continues to hurt it quite a bit. Voters support the Affordable Care Act 47-35, and only 34% think the best path forward on health care is to repeal it compared to 60% who prefer to keep it in place and make fixes to it as necessary. A majority of voters nationally- 51%- think that the Trump administration is actively taking steps that will hurt people’s health care and raise costs to only 42% who don’t think it’s trying to do that.

Donald Trump

Trump has the highest approval rating we’ve found for him in a long time this month, with 44% of voters approving of him to 50% who disapprove. Even so he trails Joe Biden 51-42,….

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The Senate tries to do something about Immigration as promised….

True to his word?

SenateGOP Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has opened debate in his chamber of Congress on Immigration reform…

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There are numerous views among his fellow Senators and several bill idea’s floating around….

But immigration is a tough subject for lawmakers , who have taken the lead in the Senate at trying to come up with something of a bill….

The fate of whatever they would approve is gonna have problems in the US House….

But doing something is a MUST for Democrats who have been leveraged by Republicans who know all to well that they probably have less then 10 months before they possible lose their majority in the House…

Stay tuned for more….

With the fate of hundreds of thousands of young, undocumented immigrants in the balance, the Senate on Monday began an open-ended debate on immigration — an exceedingly rare step that, in effect, will allow senators to attempt to build a bill from scratch on the Senate floor.

The highly unusual debate, expected to unfold throughout the week, will test whether a series of legislative concepts and proposals championed by President Trump and a variety of Republicans and Democrats can garner 60 votes, the threshold for a measure to pass the Senate. No one has any idea how it will turn out.

“Whoever gets to 60 wins,” Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, told reporters last week. “And it will be an opportunity for 1,000 flowers to bloom.”

The debate kicked off Monday evening with a procedural vote on an unrelated House-passed measure that will serve as a shell for building an immigration bill. By a vote of 97 to 1, with only Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, dissenting, senators took the first step toward consideration of the underlying measure, as expected.

The push on immigration comes against the backdrop of a ticking clock, and months of congressional inaction…..

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A vast Majority of Americans want Congress/Trump to make a DACA/Dreamers ‘deal’ and move on….

The anti-immigration faction in the House is actually defying the feelings of a vast majority of American’s in holding out against a path to citizenship and an assurance of no deportation’s for those the Democrats are trying to protect….

The issue seems to preclude any longterm budget agreement from the American Congress….

Roughly two-thirds of Americans believe it’s very important for Congress to reach a deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, a poll released Monday found.

A Monmouth University poll showed 66 percent of Americans believe it’s very important to address the status of “Dreamers,” the title given to those who benefit from DACA. Both Democrats and Republicans largely agree on the importance of the issue.

However, Americans are split on the Trump administration’s immigration proposal, which would grant a pathway to citizenship for nearly 2 million young immigrants, according to the poll.

Trump’s plan would also include tens of billions of dollars in funding for border security and a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, and limits on legal immigration.

While over 70 percent of Americans support allowing Dreamers to automatically become citizens if they don’t have a criminal record, 31 percent support the Trump immigration plan, 33 percent oppose it and 36 percent are unsure, the poll found.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle opposed the Trump administration’s proposal….

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Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Chris Coons (D-DE) are planning to introduce bipartisan legislation this week that would include a path to citizenship for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, but stops short of offering any funding for President Donald Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.

The proposal would provide eventual legal status for young immigrants who have lived in the U.S. since Dec. 31, 2013. It would also direct the Department of Homeland Security to conduct a study of what border security measures need to be taken, with the goal of having a comprehensive strategy in place by 2020. It would also provide funding for improved coordination between border patrol agents and local police, but no funding for a physical wall, according to the Journal.

The narrow immigration bill is designed to end the impasse over a two-year budget deal….

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Democrats dig in on Immigration….

The Republicans and Trump are offering citizenship to the current DACA and Visa holders in exchange from cutting legal immigration by almost 50% in the future….

Trump spoke about his immigration deal during his State of the Union speech….

The stratgy is not making Senate Democrats( and Republicans anti-immigration types) happy….

Democrats were infuriated by President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union speech, claiming the president put an immigration deal even further out of reach with what they called bigoted remarks during the 80-minute address.

After Trump and his White House team teased a bipartisan theme, the minority party was waiting to hear something conciliatory about how to protect hundreds of thousands of young immigrants facing deportation. Instead, Democrats booed Trump’s reference to “chain migration” and fumed afterward that his remarks conflated immigrants with gang members and did little to give so-called Dreamers any reassurance at all.

“The tone was of a divider-in-chief,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said in an interview. “It was a red-meat appeal to the anti-immigrant base of his party, not the unifying, coming-together appeal that we all know is necessary.”

Trump reiterated his proposal to offer 1.8 million undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship, dramatically scale back legal immigration and spend billions on a border wall. His only explicit reference to Dreamers, however, was his line that, “Americans are dreamers, too.”…

“He’s laying out pillars that are not going to get him a deal from Democrats. A lot of empty rhetoric,” said Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.). “Those words were not helpful.”…

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Trump deal…You can buy my Ok for Dreamers for $25 Billion ‘Wall’ money

The latest….

Trump’s ‘deal’ on the budget and immigration is you give me my $25 Billion of tax payer money for my wall and stuff and that buys you my vote to go along with NOT deporting Dreamers and signing off on the DACA program….

It would take 10-12 years for immigrants to eventually earn citizenship, a timeline Trump revealed during an impromptu session with reporters Wednesday.

Trump has repeatedly said he wants to help young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, known as “Dreamers.” But an official said it was a “dramatic concession by the White House” to expand the pool of people eligible for citizenship.

The larger “Dreamer” population is believed to number 3.6 million people.

In exchange, Trump is asking for $25 billion in large part to build his long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, a key campaign promise the president has said must be included in a final deal.

The money would be kept in a trust fund so it could not be clawed back by future Congresses.

Officials estimate the wall will cost $20 billion, with the other $5 billion slated to fund new technology and stronger security measures for ports of entry and the U.S-Canada border.

Another $5 billion would be spent to hire more border agents and immigration judges.

That trade-off — wall funding in exchange for DACA protections — appears similar to a deal that Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) offered before the three-day government shutdown.

Schumer portrayed the $25 billion offer of wall funding as a major concession, but on Tuesday declared that money is now “off the table.”…

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Schumer taking the ‘wall’ money off the table seems to have NOT been such move after all….He’s got Trump back in the action…

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House votes for Continuing Budget Bill…The Senate isn’t there…Shutdown COULD be coming…

The dance is going on in Congress….

Republicans holding for strong Immigration curbs in exchange for DACA and the Dreamers….

The Democrats holding tight….Republicans need 11 votes from then in the Senate…

Failure to get the Senate to go along would shut-down the American goverment except for essential service and ignite a political blame game….

President Trump is NOT making things easy….

The House approved a stopgap spending bill on Thursday night to keep the government open past Friday, but Senate Democrats — angered by President Trump’s vulgar aspersions and a lack of progress on a broader budget and immigration deal — appeared ready to block the measure.

The House approved the measure 230 to 197, despite conflicting signals by President Trump sent throughout the day and a threatened rebellion from conservatives that ended up fizzling. But the bill, which would keep the government open through Feb. 16, provided only a faint glimmer of hope that a crisis could be averted before funding expires at midnight on Friday.

In the Senate, at least about a dozen Democratic votes would be needed to approve the measure, and there was little chance that those would materialize. Democrats are intent on securing concessions that would, among other things, protect from deportation young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children, increase domestic spending, aid Puerto Rico and bolster the government’s response to the opioid crisis.

The Senate held only a procedural vote on the stopgap bill late Thursday night, leaving for Friday a more consequential vote when Democrats are expected to block the measure….

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Breaking…Dreamer DACA bipartisan ‘deal’ maybe in reach….

CNN is reporting , from Sen Mile Rounds (R-SD)  the bipartisan US Senate group including Flake, Graham and others has come up a Dreamers/DACA deal…

No response from House GOPer’s and White House…

If Trump goes with it?

It will move…

It will be up to Trump to give the deal cover from GOP right wingnuts…

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Trump tweets before meeting with Dem’s….’I don’t see a deal’….

Donald Trump will sit down with the top leaders of the House and Senate in an hour or so to try work out a way to go forward with his and Republicans tax cut and immigration, while signing off on budget for next year….They ‘technically’ have until Dec 8 to get this done….But Congress isn’t good at deadlines….

Trump wants a tax give away for rich people…Democrats don’t….

Trump wants Southern Border Wall money….Democrats and Republicans don’t…

Democrats are now saying they will move to withold their votes unless something is done for Dreamers, who where promised a stay in this country by Democratic and Republicans up until Trump and his chief of staff John Kelly arrived in the White House….

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Caution….

Donald Trump has STILL NOT made one major ‘deal’ since he got his present day job….

Oh, and he doesn’t have the votes right now for his tax give aways….

And?

He needs the Democrats…

President Trump on Tuesday cast doubt on Washington’s ability to avoid a government shutdown, writing on Twitter that he didn’t believe a deal could be reached with Democrats.

The tweet came hours before Trump is to meet at the White House with GOP congressional leaders as well as Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

“Meeting with “Chuck and Nancy” today about keeping government open and working,” Trump tweeted.

“Problem is they want illegal immigrants flooding into our Country unchecked, are weak on Crime and want to substantially RAISE Taxes. I don’t see a deal!”…

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Every-time he THINKS he has a deal with Democrats?

The Republicans get pissed and scold him to ask for more, thus wrecking anything he thought he had…

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Donald Trump is sending world grade skilled technology thinkers away from America….

I say this over and over…..

Most things Donald Trump touches to shit….

This is another prime example….

Those from other countries that do NOT fight hard to get here, or are told to leave are and WILL find other places to bring their skills to….

This is NOT a way to make America Great….

It IS a way to cut this country off from fresh and new idea’s and skilled people….

President Donald Trump has moved to cut legal immigration by half over the next decade, increase security along the border, build a wall with Mexico, ban travel indefinitely from several countries and overturn DACA, the Obama-era policy that grants work permits to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the country as minors. The Trump administration has also suggested limiting “startup visas” for high-tech entrepreneurs entering the United States, and massively cutting America’s funding for scientific research. Trump’s aggressive “America first” posture on trade and international diplomacy has transformed the United States into something of a pariah nation, out of touch with the basic norms and values of advanced democracies.

Trump might see these proposals as part of his core political agenda to prioritize Americans and their jobs, and make the United States “great again.” But, while America turns inward, another country stands to benefit: Canada.

Why? It’s not just that Canada has opened centers for refugees streaming over the border from the United States, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau personally welcoming some of them to the country. Canada is specifically recruiting the skilled, ambitious talent that drives innovation and economic growth, including top thinkers and workers in technology and industry. Canadian universities—which rank among the world’s best in fields like computer science, electrical and computer engineering, and artificial intelligence—are aggressively recruiting foreign students, who in turn are matriculating in Canada at higher levels than before Trump’s election. And Canadian cities—particularly Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal, which rate among the best places in the world to live—are attracting more venture capital to fund the tech industry, on par with American tech hubs like Seattle and Austin….

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Trump meeting with lawmakers of both parties on Dreamers, Healthcare, Tax Reform and More…

His party Conservatives will have to wait outside for now as Donald Trump settles down to play politics to try work out deals for some wins…

It seems to have registede on him that he needs to negotiate with people from BOTH parties …..

President Trump has invited a bipartisan group of moderate House members to the White House on Wednesday to discuss a host of issues, including tax reform, infrastructure and health care, according to a congressional source familiar with the meeting.

The meeting may also include a discussion of the path forward for “DREAMers,” undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, the source said, asking for anonymity to discuss a meeting that had not been publicly announced. Trump last week canceled former president Obama’s policy of protecting DREAMers from deportation and set a six-month deadline for Congress to pass legislation to preserve their legal status.

As of Tuesday morning, four Republican and eight Democratic House members were confirmed for the meeting, including members of the bipartisan “Problem Solvers” caucus and the centrist Democrat Blue Dog Coalition, according to another congressional source familiar with the meeting.

The meeting appears to be another indication of Trump’s recent willingness to involve Democrats in deal-making. Last week,…

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Three Democratic senators joined President Donald Trump for a White House dinner Tuesday aimed at winning their support for an as-yet unreleased tax overhaul bill that would be written by Republican leaders.

Trump’s guests — Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Donnelly of Indiana — are the only three Democratic senators who haven’t signed on to a list of conditions for supporting any tax legislation: that it not add to the federal deficit, that it not increase the burden on the middle class and that it go through the regular order process in Congress.

In reaching out to them, Trump is amplifying a White House strategy that seems squarely aimed at Democrats…

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