There was a news earlier that the Senate Republicans and President Trump agreed during a closed-door White House meeting that they would oppose addressing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program as part of the December funding legislation.
But that stance is unacceptable to Democrats and their immigration allies, who want Congress to pass a legislative fix before going home for Christmas.
The scuffle over the issue of undocumented immigrants brought into the country as children is emerging as the largest hurdle to avoiding a government shutdown after Dec. 8.
Democrat members believe that they have strong reasons to demand an immigration deal going into the end-of-year negotiations because GOP leadership will likely need their votes to keep the government open.
They are signaling, despite the decision from the president, that they will keep DACA in the December talks until Republicans show they can pass a spending bill on their own.
House Republicans, are in the majority and hence will be able to pass a government funding bill without House Democrats only if they can hold together most of the caucus.
If the lawmakers do not act, hundreds of thousands of immigrants would be at risk of being deported. As well as the government would face a shutdown which will impact the government services and add to the existing backlogs.
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