Jul 20, 2017

Bipartisan immigration bill pushes back on Trump's stance

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Republican Lindsey Graham and Democrat Dick Durbin are introducing the DREAM Act — a new bipartisan push to reform immigration legislation about rights and protections for undocumented people whose parents immigrated to the U.S. illegally.

The bill is butting up against Trump's intention to allow DREAMers to be deported, and just yesterday Marc Short said the administration would likely oppose the bill. Trump has until Sept. 5 to decide whether to rescind the program or face court challenges.

Big picture: Graham told reporters Thursday that when history is written about how the U.S. treated so-called DREAMers, he's "going to be with these kids" and that they're "trying to do a good thing," adding that both Trump and the Republican Party are going to have to make a decision about where they fall.

The bill's goal: To make a path for permanent residency for DREAMers. It's a little more expansive than previous versions of similar legislation, since in addition to providing a path to lawful residency status by serving in the military or going to college, it also would allow them to become residents by being employed for at least three years. Read a draft of the bill via McClatchy D.C.

There are roughly 800,000 DREAMers in the U.S. and Republican officials from 10 states urging Trump to nix the DACA program that protects them.

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Why it matters: Stone's defense team on Friday filed a sealed motion for a new trial — the second time they've done so — amid allegations of juror bias and a growing controversy over Attorney General Bill Barr's intervention in the case.

Biden says Bloomberg's money can't "erase" his record

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Former Vice President Joe Biden said on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday that Michael Bloomberg's vast fortune cannot "erase" his record, and that scrutiny of Bloomberg's positions on things like race and policing will ramp up now that he's in the national spotlight.

Why it matters: Biden's polling free fall in the wake of poor performances in Iowa and New Hampshire has coincided with a surge for Bloomberg, who appeals to a similar moderate bloc of the Democratic Party. The billionaire's limitless spending capacity poses an especially stark threat to Biden, who has struggled with fundraising.