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Why Trump's immigration compromise is dead on arrival

Donald Trump making a speech with both of his hands out to the side and looking slightly up
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and left-leaning groups are nowhere close to supporting President Trump's attempt at an immigration compromise to reopen the government.

The state of play: Trump has no immediate leverage when it comes to DACA and Temporary Protected Status, programs that give protections to immigrants who came to the U.S. as children or whose home nations are currently unsafe. Federal courts are already upholding these programs in spite of the administration's attempt to end them, meaning Democrats would have little to nothing to gain by accepting Trump's offer.

House overwhelmingly votes against easing sanctions for Russian oligarch

Oleg Deripaska
Oleg Deripaska. Photo: Sasha Mordovets via Getty Images

The House voted 362-53 Thursday on a resolution to oppose the Treasury Department’s decision to ease sanctions on companies tied to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.

Why it matters: 136 Republicans voted for the measure, signaling a sharp and rare rebuke of the Trump administration. A Senate measure to block sanctions on Deripaska, who once employed former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, failed to pass on Wednesday, despite earning the support of 11 Republicans.

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