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Trump blasts immigration ruling, calls USA court system 'broken and unfair'

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Nellie Chapman | 13 January, 2018, 05:38

"So, I hope you will join me in urging our leaders in Congress to help them in a spirit of generosity and justice".

"This is a huge step forward", Becerra said at a morning news conference in Los Angeles.

Democrats are pushing for protections for Dreamers in exchange for increased border security.

But for local young undocumented immigrants known as 'dreamers, ' there is little peace of mind.

Of course, the entire reason the senators asked Kelly for the White House's demands in December was that they hadn't taken the October wish list seriously.

JOAQUIN CASTRO: We shouldn't trade the lives of 800,000 young people - young DREAMers for a wall across the United States of America.

The agreement includes the parameters of the Dream Act, which will provide a 12-year pathway for citizenship for Dreamers, young immigrants brought to the country by family members without their choice.

"We're pleased that bipartisan members are talking", President Donald Trump's congressional liaison Marc Short said Thursday, but added, "I think there's still a ways to go".

The Haitian government has summoned the top-ranking USA diplomat there to explain the president's comments. TPS grants legal status to immigrants, allowing them to work. "This has become an important program for DACA recipients and their families, for the employers who hire them, for our tax treasuries, and for our economy". The group agreed to also include provisions strengthening security - which for Trump means building parts of a wall along the border with Mexico - curbing immigrants' relatives from coming here and restricting the visa lottery.

"The ruling last night in no way diminishes the urgency of solving the DACA issue", Schumer said on the Senate floor.

Republican Rep. Mia Love of Utah, the daughter of Haitian immigrants, said Trump's comments were "unkind, divisive, elitist and fly in the face of our nation's values".

The plaintiffs said the Trump administration failed to follow the law in rescinding DACA and would cause irreparable harm by forcing immigrants to leave jobs, drop out of school and potentially be deported. Why exactly? Why is that better than choosing people we most need, who are just as human and worthy of our sympathy as those less likely to confer benefits or who come from other places? We are, by far, the most generous nation in the world for legal immigration.

But White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short immediately dismissed the nascent deal as he exited a meeting with senators Thursday afternoon, saying the White House still opposed backing a DREAM Act to give immigrants brought here as minors legal status rather than just renewing the legal standing of the 700,000 or so people now in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and wanted to see more restrictions on other immigration programs in exchange.

He says Trump wants to welcome immigrants who "contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation", and will always reject "temporary, weak and unsafe stopgap measures" that he says "threaten the lives of hardworking Americans" and undercut other immigrants.

Alsup's decision came in a lawsuit challenging the end of DACA that was filed against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security by the University of California and others. Experts say it's necessary to leave time to implement a new policy before Dreamers begin to lose DACA protections in larger numbers after March 5, as thousands already have as a result of Trump's decision.

There are almost 10,000 Dreamers in Utah along with more than 800,000 around the country. Trump and a bipartisan group from Congress met January 9 to discuss a measure to keep DACA and include Trump's demands for a border wall and other security measures.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders agreed.