President Trump is now negotiating with lawmakers over immigration reform, which includes his campaign promise of a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border, while Democrats are pushing to protect immigrants under DACA. "Brought to this country as children by undocumented parents or family members, they are not "illegal" through any fault of their own", Archbishop Gomez wrote. They won't be able to credibly blame Republicans for a government shut down because President Trump has given Congress until March to come up with DACA legislation.
Donohue's referring to immigrants who came to the United States illegally when they were children - and also to immigrants from countries affected by natural disaster or war, and now living in the US under temporary protection.
The Obama-era program shielded those brought to the US illegally as children from deportation and gave them the right to work legally. They know that for every three they can get to the polls, at least two of them will vote Democrat.
U.S. District Judge William Alsup on Tuesday granted a request by California and other plaintiffs to prevent Trump from ending the program while their lawsuits play out in court. The ruling, which is certain to be appealed, also said the government does not have to accept applications from those not now covered by DACA.
Thomas Donohue says a White House meeting Tuesday on immigration is a "good start" even if "I am not sure we agree on exactly what we would like to do".
The archbishop said US business leaders feel DACA recipients "are vital to our economic future".
The bill's appropriation for a border wall is likely to meet opposition by Democratic lawmakers who insisted Monday they were open to border security funding for any DACA fix but opposed to a physical wall.
"This debate is passionate and partisan, as it should be", Archbishop Gomez said. "The wall is going to happen, or we're not going to have DACA".
Trump announced the end of the program on September 5 and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services stopped taking renewal applications in early October.
"No one disagrees that we need to secure our borders and protect ourselves from those who would do harm to us", he explained, but he urged the larger debate about border security and other immigration reforms be handled separately from the DACA issue. The meeting centered on Trump's signature policy issue, immigration, which his staff no doubt considered safe. "Any solution has to include the wall, because without the wall, it all doesn't work".
"We can not have a conversation about those who are in our country illegally before we stop the flow of illegal immigration", Barletta said previous year.
Then, Trump claimed, comprehensive immigration reform could be easy.