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Proposal offers path to citizenship

Trump, a critic of plan, says Democrats don’t yearn for deal

By ALAN FRAM The Associated Press

This article was originally published January 14, 2018 at 3:19 a.m. Updated January 14, 2018 at 3:19 a.m.

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FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, file photo, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., right, with Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., speak during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, to discuss their bipartisan Dream Act. A 12-year pathway to citizenship for young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children and who are here illegally is part of a bipartisan immigration proposal by senators to prevent deportation of hundreds of thousands of so-called Dreamers. The Associated Press on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 obtained details of the agreement between three Republican and three Democratic senators. The deal also calls for allocating $1.6 billion for structures including a wall for border security. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan agreement among a handful of senators to prevent deportation of hundreds of thousands of young illegal aliens includes a pathway to citizenship that would take up to 12 years, plus $1.6 billion for structures that include a wall for border security, according to details obtained Saturday by The Associated Press.

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RBear says... January 14, 2018 at 5:47 a.m.

Trump is really the one who doesn't want DACA, ignoring the reality of the matters related to the status of thousands of young people who are productive residents of this country. Most right wingers don't really grasp their situations and just blow this off with sweeping rhetoric rather than get to know the DACA recipients.
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Trump is actually negotiating from a position of weakness instead of power. The American public supports DACA and opposes the wall. They see this sensibly in that these young people should be granted deferred status while they resolve their citizenship WHILE residing in the US. That's a key point. Under a system without DACA, they would have to disrupt their lives and potentially leave families to return to violent countries and probably never return which is what most right wingers would prefer.
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With DACA, they have the opportunity to completing the process without fear of being deported. They retain their jobs, education, and family lives. They remain productive to our country. One I know of from San Antonio was admitted to MIT due to his academic excellence. He's a bright young man with a promising future ahead with research work that has already won him acclaim.
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With regards to the wall, it is unpopular and seen as a waste of money by most Americans. They have seen the results of border protection over the past several years and have seen the declines. Simple facts have proven that under Obama, more felon criminals were removed from the US than under any administration prior. The rate of illegal immigration was also reduced due to a number of factors. But those facts do not deter right wingers who seem to be so myopic in their thinking they ignore the facts. This is more about padding contractor pockets, much like defense spending, rather than true border protection.

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