Shutdown Over DACA?

Congress must reach an agreement to fund the federal government beyond the current December 8 deadline. As the deadline nears, concern is growing in both parties that a clash over the fate of Dreamers could trigger a government shutdown.

Many Democrats would like to see language codifying the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which President Donald Trump scrapped earlier this year, as part of the year-end spending deal.

House conservatives, however, have warned Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) against lumping a fix for undocumented immigrants who came to the country as minors into the funding bill. They would like to keep the two issues separate and delay immigration negotiations into 2018 to increase their leverage—which both Ryan and the White House consider reasonable, according to Politico.

Congressional leaders are discussing a short-term government-funding extension to buy themselves more time to negotiate the issue.


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