Dreamer: Dems 'should absolutely not' take Trump's immigration deal

Dreamer: Dems 'should absolutely not' take Trump's immigration deal
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Democrats should reject President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job MORE's offer to extend Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)  protections as part of a deal on the U.S.-Mexico border wall, a program recipient told CNN.
 
"Dreamer" Belén Sisa said Democrats "should absolutely not" accept Trump's offer, which would trade a three-year extension of legal protections for DACA recipients and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders for $5.7 billion for the U.S.-Mexico border wall. 
 
“I think they should absolutely not take this deal, and the reason why is because right now DACA is still in place. Courts are upholding and protecting the program that President Obama passed, and we will continue to fight, but we will not do it at the expense of others," she told CNN on Sunday. 
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Trump announced in 2017 that he was ending the DACA program, which allows some undocumented immigrants brought into the country as children to work, go to school and be protected from deportation. 
 
But his decision has been tied up in a lengthy court fight, which has left the Obama-era program in place as the legal battle plays out. 
 
The Senate is expected to try to take up Trump's immigration-border plan later this week. 
 
"I intend to move to this legislation this week. With bipartisan cooperation, the Senate can send a bill to the House quickly so that they can take action as well," Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-Ky.) said in a statement over the weekend. 
 
But Republicans are expected to fall short of the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster and advance the measure in the Senate. The proposal is also considered dead on arrival in the House, where Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiNational emergency declaration — a legal fight Trump is likely to win Congress allows Violence Against Women Act to lapse High stakes as Trump, Dems open drug price talks MORE (D-Calif.) called it a "non-starter." 
 
House Democrats have been passing their own pieces of legislation to fully reopen the federal government, a quarter of which has been closed since Dec. 22 over an impasse on border wall funding. McConnell has repeatedly blocked the House bills from being taken up in the Senate, arguing they are "show votes."