Kushner floats deal of permanent protections for some ‘Dreamers’

Franco Ordonez and Andrea Drusch

McClatchy DC (subscription required)

Jan 25, 2019

"He basically wanted to find out what the Latino community would agree to, what were our red lines that we would not cross and which ones were negotiable," Garcia told McClatchy.

The extraordinary side negotiations with Hispanic organizations happened while the Senate voted down two bills — one favored by Republicans and one by Democrats — that would have reopened the government, now shut for its 34th day. While Democrats have not budged from their opposition to the border wall, they also maintain that no negotiations should be conducted while the government remains shut down.

Garcia, who lives in Dallas, said he checked with Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairman Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, and Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-San Bernardino, and said they approved of the side talks. Garcia added that Speaker Nancy Pelosi did not dissuade him from entering into the talks.