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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 WarrenThomas Piketty says pandemic is opportunity to address income inequality The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation Disney laying off 32,000 workers as coronavirus batters theme parks MORE (D-Mass.) slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden adds to vote margin over Trump after Milwaukee County recount Krebs says allegations of foreign interference in 2020 election 'farcical'  Republicans ready to become deficit hawks again under a President Biden 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 DurbinThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - COVID-19 fears surround Thanksgiving holiday Feinstein departure from top post sets stage for Judiciary fight Whitehouse says Democratic caucus will decide future of Judiciary Committee 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.