Schumer predicts bipartisan support for passing DACA fix this year

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDonald Trump Jr. headlines Montana Republican convention Montana's environmental lobby teams with governor to kill 600 jobs Dems allow separation of parents, children to continue, just to score political points MORE (D-N.Y.) is predicting Congress will be able to pass legislation this year to protect a key group of immigrants after Republicans ruled out including a deal in the December government funding bill.

"I am confident that there is strong bipartisan support in Congress to get the [DREAM Act] passed before the end of the year," Schumer said in a tweet on Thursday.
 
He added "we are going to do everything we can to get it done, no matter what the president says on one given day or another."
Schumer's comments come after President Trump and Senate Republicans agreed during a closed-door White House meeting that they would not include a fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in an end-of-the-year spending bill. 
 
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The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, similar to DACA, would allow immigrants brought into the country illegally as children to work and go to school without the fear of deportation.
 
The Trump administration announced that it was phasing out DACA, setting up a deadline in early 2018 for lawmakers to pass legislation. If they don't, hundreds of thousands of immigrants will be at risk of being deported.
 
Sen. John CornynJohn CornynSenate left in limbo by Trump tweets, House delays Senate moving ahead with border bill, despite Trump GOP senators introduce bill to prevent family separations at border MORE (R-Texas), who took part in Thursday's White House meeting, said it was likely that Congress would take up legislation in January or February.
 
"This is not going to be part of the year-end omnibus or [continuing resolution]," he told reporters, referring to a short-term funding bill.
 
Democrats want to pass an immigration agreement this year that would pair a DACA fix with border security. They argue the end-of-the-year spending fight gives them more leverage on immigration because Republicans will need their votes to prevent a government shutdown.
 
 
 
The government is scheduled to run out of money after Dec. 8. Activists have viewed the end-of-year funding negotiations as their best, if not only, shot to get an immigration bill cleared through the GOP-controlled Congress.