Oct 13, 2017

Trump will extend DACA deadline if Congress fails, says GOP senator

Immigrant rights supporters listen as they gather at the U.S. Capitol. Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

President Trump will extend the March 5 deadline to end protections for Dreamers if Congress fails to find a DACA fix, reports the Washington Post. Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) told the Post that Trump said he was willing to "give it some more time" to find a "legislative solution" to the Obama-era program.

Why it matters: The bipartisan push to find a legislative fix to DACA came into question Sunday night when Trump issued a series of hardline immigration demands, including construction of the border wall, that he insisted must be enforced to allow Dreamers remain in the U.S. However, his conversation with Lankford suggests Trump is still committed to protecting Dreamers.

Go deeper: Thousands of Dreamers missed the DACA renewal deadline.

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American carnage

Protesters race up a hill to avoid tear gas in Philadelphia, June 1. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

The list of victims has swiftly grown since George Floyd died in police custody just eight days ago.

The big picture: Protests against police brutality have turned into a showcase of police brutality, with tear gas and rubber bullets deployed against crowds. The police have the arsenals at their disposal, but we're also seeing law enforcement officers becoming targets.

McConnell blocks resolution condemning Trump's actions against peaceful protesters

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blocked a resolution introduced by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday that would have condemned the use of tear gas and rubber bullets against peaceful protesters outside the White House on Monday in order to allow President Trump to walk to St. John's Church.

What they're saying: "Justice for black Americans in the face of unjust violence, and peace for our country in the face of looting, riots, and domestic terror. Those are the two issues Americans want addressed," McConnell said on the Senate floor.

George W. Bush breaks silence on George Floyd

Goerge Bush in Michigan in 2009. Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Former President George W. Bush (R) wrote in a statement Tuesday that he and his wife, Laura, are "anguished" by the death of George Floyd, and said that "it is time for America to examine our tragic failures."

Why it matters: It's a stark juxtaposition when compared to fellow Republican President Trump's response to current civil unrest. While Trump has called for justice in Floyd's death, he's also condemned protestors and threatened to deploy military personnel if demonstrations continue.