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House Dem: We’ll shut down the government if House doesn’t pass Dream Act

House Dem: We’ll shut down the government if House doesn’t pass Dream Act
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Rep. Luis GutierrezLuis Vicente GutierrezTrump changes mean only wealthy immigrants may apply, says critic Trump seeks to restrict green cards from those on food, housing assistance Trump ignores practical solution for stopping illegal immigration MORE (D-Ill.) threatened on Friday to back a government shutdown if the House failed to pass the Dream Act to protect thousands of young immigrants from being deported. 

"We have a Democratic caucus where I know the vast majority of the members of the Democratic caucus are ready to say ‘If there is no pathway forward, not only for the 800,000 and for visas for all of you, but also for the rest of immigrant youth through the Dream Act, then there is no government for anyone,'" Gutierrez said at a press conference. 

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Gutierrez's comments come after Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump unsure if Mattis will stay: 'He's sort of a Democrat' Will Sessions use indefinite mandatory detention to reduce the demand for asylum hearings? Chicago sues Trump admin for withholding police funding over sanctuary city policies MORE announced that the Trump administration would be ending the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program with a six-month delay, sparking outrage among Democrats and civil rights groups. 

President Trump on Friday signed a bipartisan spending package that would provide disaster aid to victims of Hurricane Harvey, while raising the debt ceiling and funding the government for three more months. 

Gutierrez is hoping to pass an immigration bill by December, as the stop-gap measure is set to run out in December. 

“The coming Christmas has to be a Christmas of joy for all of us or none of us,” he said. 

Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) told Mic that the “vast majority of the progressive caucus” and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus were backing Gutierrez's approach. 

There is also an effort in the Senate to push Congress to create protections for young undocumented immigrants by the end of September. 

Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinDurbin opposes Saudi arms sale over missing journalist Noisy democracy, or rude people behaving like children? Kavanaugh tensions linger after bitter fight MORE (D-Ill.) and Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamBrunson release spotlights the rot in Turkish politics and judiciary Saudi Arabia, Turkey to form joint investigation into Khashoggi disappearance Democrats must end mob rule MORE (R-S.C.) have introduced a measure that would offer legal status to individuals who received protections under DACA.