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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 WarrenThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden argues for legislative patience, urgent action amid crisis Financial firms brace for Biden's consumer agency chief Tim Ryan says he's 'looking seriously' at running for Portman's Senate seat MORE (D-Mass.) slammed President TrumpDonald TrumpBlinken holds first calls as Biden's secretary of State Senators discussing Trump censure resolution Dobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' 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 DurbinOn The Money: GOP digs in on defending Trump tax cuts | Democrats bullish on raising minimum wage | Financial sector braces for Biden's consumer bureau pick Sen. Patrick Leahy returns home after being hospitalized Bush-, Obama-era officials urge Senate to swiftly confirm Biden's DHS pick 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.