Deadline to avoid a government shutdown looms closer

Congress is scrambling to make a deal before Friday’s deadline and a government shutdown.

On his way to dinner Sunday, President Trump told reporters he is ready, willing and able to make a deal on DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

"The folks from DACA should know the Democrats are the ones who aren't willing to make a deal," he said.

President Trump also tweeted Sunday, "DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don't really want it, they just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our military."

DACA protects nearly 800,000 young illegal immigrants from being deported. The Trump administration plans to end the program in March unless there's legislation to make it law. Democrats want a permanent DACA fix before the spending bill expires Friday, but the president is insisting on border wall funds in exchange.

“The ball is in Congress' court and they need to make sure that they take action,” said Dallas DACA recipient Jose Santoyo.

Santoyo and other dreamers got what they consider good news Saturday, when they learned the government is still accepting DACA renewal applications, after a federal judge temporarily blocked the Trump administration's decision to end DACA.

“This was a decision that could be overturned within a couple of weeks, and that is why, still, we're going back to the permanent legislative solution that only Congress can pass,” said Santoyo.

Democrats are also pushing for the Dream Act that would give people like Santoyo a path to citizenship.

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