Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Democratic leaders are backing off of their demand that "Dreamer" protections be a part of the 2018 budget negotiations. While House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other Democratic leaders had hinged their support for last month's budget caps deal on a commitment from Republicans to consider legislation salvaging the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, they've signaled they won't hold a similar line heading into next week's expected vote on an omnibus spending bill.
The apparent change in strategy has angered immigrant rights advocates in and out of Congress, who want the minority Democrats to use their rare leverage on the omnibus government funding package -- among the last must-pass bills of the year -- to secure protections for the hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who came to the country illegally as children.
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