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Warren rips Trump over immigration demands: 'Dreamers aren't bargaining chips'

Warren rips Trump over immigration demands: 'Dreamers aren't bargaining chips'
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenProgressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC On The Money: Schumer to trigger reconciliation process on Wednesday | Four states emerge as test case for cutting off jobless benefits Big Tech critic Lina Khan named chair of the FTC MORE (D-Mass.) slammed President TrumpDonald TrumpKushner lands book deal, slated for release in 2022 Biden moves to undo Trump trade legacy with EU deal Progressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC MORE on Friday over his newly released priorities for an immigration deal.

Warren tweeted that recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, commonly referred to as “Dreamers,” should not be used as “bargaining chips.”

“Dreamers aren’t bargaining chips,” Warren tweeted. “They aren’t pawns in @realDonaldTrump's game. We made a promise. We said come out of the shadows & be fully woven into the fabric of America because that’s who you are. In America, we work hard & dream big & we must keep our promise to Dreamers.”

A document prepared by the Department of Homeland Security for a group of senators details Trump’s demands, including funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall, crackdowns on so-called sanctuary cities and limiting “chain” migration. The demands appear to not have changed from demands released in October.

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Sen. Dick DurbinDick DurbinHarris calls for pathway to citizenship for Dreamers on DACA anniversary The Hill's Morning Report - Biden on Putin: 'a worthy adversary' McConnell sparks new Supreme Court fight MORE (D-Ill.), whose office released the document, said the demands show that Trump is willing to risk a government shutdown in exchange for his border wall.

The president has made it clear that he will not accept a fix for DACA that does not include funding for the border wall, and has called for $18 billion in funding for the project.

Durbin said that it is “outrageous that the White House would undercut months of bipartisan efforts by again trying to put its entire wish-list of hardline anti-immigrant bills — plus an additional $18 billion in wall funding — on the backs of these young people.”

Trump announced in September that he would rescind DACA and gave Congress until March to pass legislation to protect Dreamers, immigrants who came to the country illegally as children. Lawmakers have been battling to come up with a deal to satisfy both parties, but so far have come up empty.