By MATTHEW DALY
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Jeff Flake said Wednesday that party leaders have assured him the Senate will vote in January on bipartisan legislation to protect certain young immigrants from deportation.
Flake, who had pressed for a guarantee during talks for his support on the tax bill, said in a statement he was pleased that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was committed to bringing the immigration bill “we are currently negotiating to the Senate floor in January.”
At issue is President Donald Trump’s decision to rescind an Obama-era executive order that created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which gave protected status to about 800,000 young immigrants who are in the United States illegally. Many were brought here as infants or children and have known no other country except the United States.
In scrapping the order, Trump gave Congress until March to come up with a legislative solution.
Republicans leaders don’t want to take on the contentious issue of immigration this year but promise it will be taken care of in 2018. Democrats have pressed for a fix before the end of this year.
Although Flake, R-Ariz., said the Senate will vote, it remains unclear whether the House will back such legislation. In 2013, the Senate supported a bipartisan bill overhauling the immigration system and providing a path to citizenship for some 11 million living here illegally. The measure died in the Republican-led House.
Under the program, the young immigrants get two-year permits that let them work and remain in the country. Trump rescinded the program this year, but he let immigrants renew their documents if those documents were set to expire between September and March.
Immigrants had to reapply by Oct. 5 and pay a $495 fee.
The government says 132,000 of the 154,000 eligible renewals applied in time, leaving more than 20,000 without any protection from deportation.
Teresa Younger, president and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women, said Congress needs to act now.
“The lives of nearly 800,000 young people in our country hang in the balance,” she said. “People who have spent the majority of their lives in this country, going to school, starting careers, and settling with families are now at risk of deportation.”
Younger and other advocates say the program was intended as a short-term measure to keep families together and a long-term solution is needed.
Voters are casting away
As of 2 p.m., 4,169 people in Onslow County have voted.
The only Democratic ballot with the highest voter turnout is in Richlands with 380 ballots cast so far. Four other precincts with a Democratic race are Catherine Lake (147), Gum Branch (221), Haws Run (138), and Nine Mile (122).
New River precinct has only seen eight voters so far-because they have Democratic ballots.
Precincts with just Republican ballots have reached higher number than those with ballots for two political parties.
Northwoods is in 2nd with the highest turnout of voters (273), followed by Brynn Marr and East Northwoods, both of which have seen (249) voters.
Vote Count For Each Precinct:
- Bear Creek: 241
- Brynn Marr: 249
- Catherine Lake: 147
- Cross Roads: 225
- East Northwoods: 249
- Folkstone: 166
- Gum Branch: 221
- Half Moon: 172
- Haws Run: 138
- Holly Ridge: 86
- Hubert: 155
- Jacksonville: 81
- Mills: 62
- Morton’s: 100
- New River: 8
- Nine Mile: 122
- Northeast A: 83
- Northeast B: 193
- Richlands: 380
- Snead’s Ferry: 223
- Swansboro: 314
- Tar Landing: 169
- Verona: 112
- West Northwoods: 273
Voters to choose party nominees in Primary Election Day
North Carolina voters are choosing their parties’ nominees in dozens of legislative and congressional primary races congested with contestants.
More than 35 current General Assembly members and eight congressional incumbents are trying to advance through Tuesday’s primary elections.
Sitting members of Congress seeking re-election include House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows and Rep. Patrick McHenry, the chief deputy whip in the House. The most threatened GOP incumbents may be Reps. Robert Pittenger of Charlotte and Walter Jones of Farmville.
A little over 4 percent of the state’s 6.9 million registered voters cast ballots before Tuesday through early in-person or traditional absentee voting. Some registrants had no primaries in which to vote because there are no statewide races on Tuesday’s ballot.
You can find voter information including your registered polling precinct and a sample ballot for your area at the North Carolina State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement website. The polls are open from 6:30am-7:30 pm.
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