Meanwhile, Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., whose Denver-area district is being closely targeted by Democrats this year, introduced a bill to grant permanent legal residency to hundreds of thousands of people from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and other countries granted residency through the Temporary Protection Status program.
And that's unfortunate. Immigrants represent a net gain for America - they're far more likely to start a business than native-born residents, for instance, and immigration helps sustain economic growth by adding to the population of both producers and consumers.
The protected status for Haitians was extended several times while President Barack Obama was in office, but was revoked with an 18 month extender to ensure a smooth transition.
It proposes giving a full amnesty not just to the relatively narrow category of DACA recipients (roughly 700,000 people) but to the broader population of so-called DREAMers, possibly covering a couple of million people. During a 2016 campaign event in Miami, he said "the Haitian people deserve better" and told the audience of Haitian-Americans he wanted to "be your greatest champion, and I will be your champion". "Come here, poor, uneducated, but with a desire to work and improve and you can do it, and we will work with you to do it".More news: Mud, Debris Block Highway 101 Days After Storm
Rohrabacher says even if the legislation agrees to significant limits on chain migration, providing legal status to people who came to the USA illegally will still be crippling. "Neither is Haiti or any other country in distress", she said.
Asked about the remarks Thursday, White House spokesman Raj Shah did not deny them.
There was no mention at that time of the language that sources said Trump had used, details of which were soon leaked.
After talking on the phone with U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday morning, Democratic Senator Dick Durbin was optimistic that a compromise deal with some Republicans to protect young "Dreamer" immigrants was on the verge of success.
"Wall was not properly funded, Chain & Lottery were made worse and US would be forced to take large numbers of people from high crime countries which are doing badly", Trump wrote.More news: Models accuse photographers of harassment
In 2013, 54 Senate Democrats voted to build the wall, end the diversity visa lottery, double the number of border agents, and move toward a merit-based immigration system.
Even a conservative recent proposal from an all-Republican immigration reform group led by Sens.
"I don't think we can give somebody an A- or any kind of an A unless they have some congressional victories - and they've not had that yet", he points out.
With Republicans, Democrats and the president seemingly agreeing to the general path forward to enshrine DACA, Rohrabacher says other critical voices are being ignored yet again.
"In regards to Senator Durbin's accusation, we do not recall the President saying these comments specifically but what he did call out was the imbalance in our current immigration system", the two Senators said. DACA would cease March 5 unless Congress can pass the protections into law. "But if House Speaker Paul Ryan and the hard right in the House of Representatives coalesce behind U.S. Rep".
"But we're also asking for cooperation on the Democrats for what we think are practical, common sense solutions", Short said. 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.More news: England win toss as Hales returns; Tye debuts for Australia