No gains from the shutdown, just lots of blame to go around

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Democrats have been spearheading an effort to protect about 700,000 young Dreamers after Trump announced in September the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program instituted by his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama. President Donald Trump and White House advisor Stephen Miller's nativist agenda and Republicans' paralysis and indecisiveness are jeopardizing the passage of the Dream Act, despite its overwhelming public support.

It's not the senators' desired policy outcomes that are far apart.

Now the future of DACA relies on a promise from McConnell to take it up in the next three weeks, now that the rest of the budget deal has been approved.

"Oh, you want support for DACA?".

But immigration is an issue with an outsized impact on Texas's border and burgeoning Latino population, and the two senators' approaches couldn't be more different.

If Congress doesn't come up with a legislative solution for some 800,000 DACA recipients they could face deportation after the March 5 deadline.

On Friday, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer appeared to seal a short-term agreement with Trump. "Oh, come on", House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told reporters during the shutdown of that idea.

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The deal that lawmakers reached Monday has two salutary effects: It separates immigration from appropriations, and it sets up a real, open debate with actual amendments and floor votes on DACA. They got virtually nothing but a promise to take up immigration legislation before the next funding deadline on February 8, at which point exactly no one expects the Democrats to be willing to risk yet another shutdown, and six years of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program, which Republicans would have had to address at some point anyway.

Trump's insertion into the thorny issue of immigration comes after he was largely absent during the government shutdown over the weekend, prompted by Democrats' demand that the Dreamers be addressed while Republicans stoutly, and successfully, refused.

They plan to get a bill on the floor that is an adequate compromise for both Democrats and Republicans by providing protections for those covered by DACA as well as increased funding for President Trump's border wall.

"I've been through a couple immigration fights before, they are emotional and there's a lot of attention and a lot of intensity involved", Cornyn said. "We know the immigration advisors in the White House".

Cornyn's seat is up for re-election in 2020.

Huckabee Sanders said the framework will include Trump's four core principles: "Securing the border and closing legal loopholes, ending extended family chain migration, canceling the visa lottery and promoting a permanent solution on DACA". Cruz's comments Monday were the first televised remarks he'd offered on an issue that played prominently in his presidential campaign.

"As we found time and again, when we open up the negotiations to discussions of broad immigration reform, there is no end to what each party says could be on the table", Schumer said. "I think we need to improve border security, I think we need to pass. legislation I introduced providing for mandatory minimum sentences for aggravated felons who repeatedly illegally enter this country". "That isn't leadership, and it's doing nothing to help lift up Americans, who deserve a functioning government". "We will make a long-term deal on immigration if, and only if, it is good for our country". NumbersUSA endorsed him over Trump in the primary.

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