>> Documented.>> All of it.>> The political status of so called dreamers, illegal immigrants brought to the US as children, is looming as a political obstacle. As lawmakers work this week to hammer out a budget deal and avert a government shutdown. In September, the Trump administration cancelled an Obama era executive order that shielded some 700,000 dreamers from deportation.
The Justice Department said that program, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, would end in March.>> I'm here today to announce that the program known as DACA, that was effectuated under the Obama administration, is being rescinded.>> Now, without a budget deal, and a government shudown looming just two weeks away, DACA has become a political obstacle.
Democrats and Republicans are meeting this week to try and resolve the matter. Republicans huddled with the President at Camp David over the weekend to discuss ways forward.>> We also obviously went into budgets and we went into DACA, and how we're going to do. And we hope that we're going to be able to work out an arrangement with the Democrats.
I think it's something that they'd like to see happen, it's something certainly that I'd like to see happen.>> But President Trump has said that in exchange, he wants Congress to approve $18 billion over ten years. To fund upgrades and expansions of walls and fences along the US border with Mexico.
He's also asked for broader immigration reforms, such as ending a green card lottery system. And denying legal immigrants the right to sponsor their families to come to the US. Republicans hold 51 seats in the 100-member Senate. They will need 60 votes to pass a spending bill and require some Democratic support.
Progressive groups are planning to apply pressure to Democratic Senators. To vote against any bill that does not include DACA protections. DACA, seen as among the biggest of several matters Congress left unfinished at the end of 2017. These include funding for a children's health program and billions of dollars in disaster relief for areas ravaged by hurricanes.