But those DACA supporters were less eager to force a shutdown over it, with just 46 percent saying they wanted to see the government funding bill blockaded, compared to 48 percent who said it wasn't worth the fight. Last week it looked like Congress was close to negotiating a short-term continuing resolution that would fund the government through February 16 and would include a bipartisan deal on DACA and a two-year budget deal on topline spending levels.
While pro-immigration activists protested in politicians' offices across the state and nation in favor of a clean Dream Act, one that doesn't involve a border wall as a caveat, the Justice Department announced it was filing an appeal to a federal court's ruling last Tuesday that delayed the end of DACA, which was rescinded by the Trump administration September 5, and was set to expire on March 5.
"I am not for, at this point in time, dealing with either family reunification or diversity", Hoyer said.
Though not receiving a great deal of attention in North Dakota, DACA has allowed almost 100 young people to come forward, pass background checks, and live and work legally in our state. They're not really kids. It's good for the country, and this has overwhelming support around the country from people on both sides of the aisle.
The impact of what may happen to DREAMers was highlighted this week when Jorge Garcia, 39, a Detroit landscaper who has lived in the USA for 30 years, was deported back to his native Mexico even though he arrived in the country when he was 10 years.
"At a time when our economy is growing and our labor market is extremely tight, these are all folks of working age who have skills to immediately contribute", Ali Noorani, executive director of the pro-immigrant National Immigration Forum, told the news outlet. But officials refused and said he had to leave by January 15.
The political debate over the fate of "DREAMers" - undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S.as children - has overlooked just how many there are in the country today: about 3.6 million. This is the time but, day by day, they are blowing the one great opportunity they have. What will the end of the deferred action program mean?
Still, Republicans fear they may lose their majority in the House of Representatives, where several of their vulnerable members represent diverse districts and support a DACA deal.