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Democrats acknowledge defeat on DACA this year

Democrats on Thursday acknowledged that they had all but been defeated on efforts to pass an immigration fix and othe...

Posted: Dec 22, 2017 11:41 AM
Updated: Dec 22, 2017 11:41 AM

Democrats on Thursday acknowledged that they had all but been defeated on efforts to pass an immigration fix and other priorities by the end of the year, with a short-term funding bill on track for passage.

Liberal lawmakers had said they would not support leaving for the year without their wish list of priorities, including action on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, but have run out of time.

Party firebrands say they are not giving up but acknowledge there is little that can be done

Senate Democrats grappled with not wanting to be blamed for a government shutdown

The GOP-controlled Congress is set to pass a spending bill keeping the government open through mid-January, and then likely adjourn for the year.

Democrats and Republicans have been negotiating on a permanent fix for DACA, a program President Donald Trump has decided to end that protects from deportation young undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children. Those negotiations will continue over the holiday break, likely by phone, according to a source familiar.

In a show of force and frustration on Thursday afternoon, a group of roughly 17 Congressional Hispanic Caucus members marched from the House side of the Capitol to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's office flanked by members of the press corps, to urge him to hold the line on DACA and other Democratic priorities, including funding for children's health insurance, budget caps on domestic spending and support for veterans.

After roughly an hourlong meeting, the members came out claiming success in having done all they could do and gotten a commitment from Schumer -- but acknowledged that the commitment was only about increasing the show of force.

"Basically, Leader Schumer promised he'd urge the majority of senators to vote no, as many as possible, and if we can't get it done now, we will lay it all on the line on the 19th, when we come back in January, based upon the caps," said Democratic Rep. Darren Soto of Florida.

Caucus Chairwoman Michelle Lujan Grisham said Schumer committed "to clearly move and grow the number of senators" who would stand firm on priorities. But when asked if the number was "more than 14," as opposed to all 48, by a member of the press, Grisham acknowledged: "That's what we're saying."

"We are clear about moving the needle. And with that needle, if we end up being able to fill the tank and get what we need right now, before the holidays, we are all in," the New Mexico Democrat said. "We will cross each bridge and each issue as they occur."

Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois told CNN that while some Democrats will oppose the Senate bill, which doesn't include their priorities, that doesn't mean all 48 Democrats in the Senate -- at least eight of whom are likely to face tough re-election fights next year -- will vote against the funding.

"There's a pretty good showing in there of no votes, for a lot of reasons," Durbin said of his caucus.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 338079

Reported Deaths: 7523
CountyCasesDeaths
Hinds23409440
DeSoto23069280
Harrison20064328
Rankin15119290
Jackson14743251
Madison10806227
Lee10568179
Jones8864169
Forrest8408159
Lauderdale7684243
Lowndes6917151
Lamar683789
Lafayette6502124
Washington5551139
Pearl River5060150
Bolivar4923134
Oktibbeha484798
Panola4739112
Warren4690127
Marshall4670106
Pontotoc442873
Monroe4293137
Union429179
Neshoba4232181
Hancock417788
Lincoln4148116
Pike3605113
Leflore3587125
Tate351488
Alcorn346474
Sunflower344994
Adams338488
Scott336676
Yazoo335673
Simpson319290
Copiah319068
Itawamba312480
Coahoma311585
Tippah300568
Prentiss295063
Covington287183
Marion281780
Leake281575
Wayne274643
Grenada267588
George266251
Newton258964
Tishomingo238070
Winston236284
Jasper227548
Attala223373
Stone219437
Chickasaw217560
Holmes197674
Clay194654
Clarke184480
Tallahatchie182742
Calhoun179432
Smith177535
Yalobusha170240
Walthall144448
Lawrence140026
Greene137634
Amite135643
Noxubee134235
Perry132438
Montgomery131544
Carroll125431
Webster119132
Jefferson Davis114234
Tunica113227
Benton105925
Claiborne104831
Kemper101429
Humphreys99833
Franklin86723
Quitman84319
Choctaw81819
Wilkinson76532
Jefferson70428
Sharkey51618
Issaquena1736
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 574737

Reported Deaths: 11492
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson839571589
Mobile46611857
Madison36938532
Tuscaloosa26841465
Shelby26769255
Montgomery25853624
Baldwin24213326
Lee16897181
Calhoun15210332
Morgan14990289
Etowah14721369
Marshall12855235
Houston11661292
Elmore10727217
St. Clair10587250
Limestone10535158
Cullman10323204
Lauderdale10044253
DeKalb9335191
Talladega8797187
Walker7659286
Autauga7456114
Jackson7295117
Blount7233139
Colbert6614142
Coffee6117131
Dale5393117
Russell467742
Chilton4666117
Covington4623125
Franklin447281
Tallapoosa4420157
Escambia425282
Chambers3880125
Dallas3707163
Clarke366462
Marion3413106
Pike326979
Lawrence3211101
Winston293972
Bibb282965
Geneva274283
Marengo259067
Barbour245161
Pickens239662
Butler237672
Hale232378
Fayette225064
Henry206645
Randolph196144
Monroe195041
Cherokee194548
Washington179339
Macon168352
Crenshaw165058
Clay163659
Cleburne159945
Lamar149738
Lowndes144854
Wilcox129831
Bullock126042
Conecuh119530
Coosa116729
Perry109928
Sumter108732
Greene98336
Choctaw63925
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Thursday will be another very hot and very humid day across Mississippi and Alabama. Many areas will be well above 100 degrees with the heat index, some even as high as 120 degrees in the Delta of Mississippi.
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