White House Does Not Expect U.S. Government Shutdown
The White House said on Wednesday that it does not expect the government to shut down next month, but has contingency plans in place if the U.S. Congress fails to reach a deal on funding the government by a Dec. 8 deadline.
“We are not anticipating a shutdown. We think that we’ll be able to work together. But the developments of the last 24 hours are discouraging,” White House spokesman Raj Shah told reporters traveling with Trump.
Texas DACA Recipients Face Narrowing Window After Talks with Trump Fall Apart
The decision by two of the country’s top Democrats to pull out of a Tuesday meeting at the White House doesn’t signal the death knell for legislation to protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation, lawmakers and policy analysts say.
But they added that each day without a legislative fix means there are hundreds more undocumented immigrants who could be at risk of removal from the United States, even if lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are eventually able to send a compromise bill to the president.
“It’s sending a very worrisome message to our communities about how serious are people in Washington to really provide a remedy,” said Fernando Garcia, executive director of the El Paso-based Border Network for Human Rights.
Top Democrat Ratchets Up Government Shutdown Fight Over ‘Dreamers’
A top Senate Democrat said Wednesday that he will vote against any spending bill in the coming weeks if Congress has failed to address the fate of young immigrants — raising the stakes in a looming showdown with the White House and Republicans over a potential government shutdown.
Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), the second-ranking Senate Democrat and a lead negotiator on spending matters, said he is encouraging his colleagues to join him in blocking spending legislation if the legal status of “dreamers” isn’t resolved.
Durbin has repeatedly said in recent months that Congress needs to resolve the status of dreamers by the end of the year, but he is now the highest-ranking Democratic senator to raise the specter of a government shutdown sparked by an impasse over immigration.
SC City Wants Congress to Keep Immigration Protections in Place
Spartanburg City Council on Monday approved a resolution in support of extending the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and permanent legal status for DACA recipients, also called Dreamers. The resolution was passed unanimously and without discussion.
DACA applications or renewal requests are no longer being accepted, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website. The office said it will consider DACA requests on a case-by-case basis from residents of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
ICE Arrests Came Hours Before Immigration Rally in Princeton
Four people were arrested by ICE officers on federal warrants in Downtown Princeton Tuesday morning. The arrests happened on Witherspoon Street and John Street, according to the Princeton Police Department.
Earlier in the day, it had been reported that three people were arrested, but it was later revealed that four were arrested. A Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund representative told the Princeton Packet one person was arrested for driving under the influence and the other three had been “swept up.” The rally later in the day saw 150 to 200 people gather at Hinds Plaza in support of a clean DREAM Act.
Female Immigrant Detainees Given Plastic Bags to Use as Toilet in California
California congressman calls for inquiry into claims that female immigration detainees are being locked in rooms for 23 hours a day and given plastic bags to use as toilet, reported BBC.
The Contra Costa County sheriff, who runs the centre, denies the claims, and the county public information officer, Jimmy Lee, told the BBC: “There are bags. These are for the inmates that are sick, sometimes suffering from drug withdrawals.” He said the building contains 24 toilets and is “dormitory style”, with inmates “free to come and go”.
But Dianny Patricia Menendez, who had been held at the jail since May, told the Chronicle that inmates were handed red biodegradable bags to use as a toilet. She also added that she could hear other female inmates screaming and banging on cell doors as they pleaded to use a bathroom. Menendez has since been deported after asking an immigration judge in October to let her go back rather than bear the detention conditions implemented.