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Congress Takes on Immigration Reform

By Amaya Smith

On January 20, 2018 Congress had a government shutdown at midnight and did not end until January 22,2018. The shutdown occurred because of the failure to pass a legislation for funding for the government operations and agencies.

One of the main arguments Democrats and Republicans were having in the shutdown was the extension status for DACA (Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals) immigration policy.


People covered under this legislation would face deportation if Congress does not act by March  2018.

In just less than a month, another government shutdown occurred on Friday, February 9, 2018 because congress could not agree on a major budget plan that deals with major spending issues including immigration. Democrats and a handful of Republicans refused to support the continuing resolution causing a shutdown.

The major spending bill did not address immigration, which made liberals and democrats unhappy.

After the vote passed, Senate Majority leader, Mitch McConnell,  kept his word to move to open an immigration debate the following week.

What does that mean for DACA recipients? DACA people could face deportation, including students here at Delaware State University, If congress doesn’t resolve this issue.

Over the last several months, DACA recipients and others, have protested to keep the legislation open but so far,  Democrats and Liberals had no luck convincing Republicans to keep the legislation running.

Senate is now engaged in the immigration debate, looking to forge out proposals to get 60 votes for it to pass.

“Senator have had plenty of time to prepare,” the Kentucky Republican said. “There’s no reason why we should not reach a bipartisan solution this week,” Mitch McConnell concluded.

For now all America can do is wait.


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