Pelosi Held House Floor for More Than 8 Hours

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the House Democratic leader, “took the House floor at 10:04 a.m. Eastern on Wednesday, intent on speaking about the young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers,” the New York Times reports.

“Eight hours and seven minutes later, she quit talking.”

“Her marathon monologue — highly unusual for the House, which has no equivalent to the Senate filibuster — appears to have set the record for the longest continuous speech in the chamber, dating to at least 1909, according to the House historian. It tied up the House into the evening, delaying debate on a bill intended to spur competition in the mortgage market.”

Trump Not Expected to Extend DACA Deadline

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said that President Trump is not expected to extend the March 5 deadline when work permits will begin to expire for young immigrants known as “dreamers,” the Washington Post reports.

Kelly’s comments come as senators are trying to come up with a legislative solution for the dreamers and other aspects of the immigration system. Kelly also said he would recommend against Trump accepting a short-term legislative patch.

Report Calls for Surveillance of Muslim Immigrants

A Department of Homeland Security draft report calls on authorities to continuously vet Sunni Muslim immigrants deemed to have “at-risk” demographic profiles, Foreign Policy reports.

The report looks at 25 terrorist attacks in the United States between October 2001 and December 2017, concluding there would be “great value for the United States Government in dedicating resources to continuously evaluate persons of interest” and suggesting that immigrants to the United States be tracked on a “long-term basis.”

Congress May Leave Dreamers In Limbo for Another Year

“Congress may just end up punting on its Dreamer dilemma. As lawmakers grasp for a solution for the young undocumented immigrants, one option is a temporary extension — perhaps one year — of their legal protections paired with a little bit of cash for border security,” Politico reports.

“Some senators are already deriding a yearlong patch as ‘misguided,’ a ‘Plan Z’ and a proposal that would keep immigrants ‘in fear.’ But lawmakers have only until March 5 to save the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program under President Trump’s deadline. And in a Congress that has routinely struggled to keep the lights on, at least some lawmakers say a temporary fix for Dreamers might be all but inevitable.”

Said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC): “That may be where we’re headed because, you know, Congress is pretty dysfunctional. That’d be a real loss. But that’s probably where we’re headed, OK?”

Gosar Calls for Arrest of Undocumented SOTU Guests

Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) announced on Twitter that he has asked the U.S. Capitol Police to check the identification of all State of the Union attendees and arrest any “illegal” immigrants.

Said Gosar: “Of all the places where the Rule of Law needs to be enforced, it should be in the hallowed halls of Congress. Any illegal aliens attempting to go through security, under any pretext of invitation or otherwise, should be arrested and deported.”

How to Run Against the Border Wall

Jay Hulling (D), who is running for the House on the Texas-Mexico border, has a new ad criticizing President Trump’s plan for a border wall, while tying incumbent Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) to the president.

Playbook: “The ad is a neat encapsulation of a pair of themes Democrats are trying to capitalize on in 2018. They’ll attempt to use Trump policies — in this case, the wall — as a political cudgel in a tough district. And they are seeking to boost candidates with strong, and at times nonpartisan, resumes and personal stories.”

Schumer’s New Mood

“Until the government shutdown last week, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer believed cutting a deal with President Trump was his best chance to protect ‘dreamers,’ the more than 1 million undocumented immigrants who had arrived in this country as children,” the Washington Post reports.

“Now the faith has been broken, and the Democratic leader says he is charting a new path.”

Said Schumer: “Unless Donald Trump realizes that the kind of deal I offered is good for him, it’s better that he stays away. If he disappears, we still, I think, have a very good chance to pass things, as long as he doesn’t mess it all up, which could very well happen.”

The Battle Now Is Over Legal Immigration

NBC News: “After years of high-profile debates over a border wall and a path to citizenship, the biggest obstacle to a bipartisan deal on DACA is quickly becoming legal immigration, an issue where President Donald Trump has presided over a monumental shift in the GOP’s approach. Both sides have given ground elsewhere. A new proposal by the White House on Thursday would cede significant ground on ‘Dreamers,’ with a path to citizenship for up to 1.8 million people brought to the United States illegally as children. It also asks for $25 billion for a wall, which Democrats (at least briefly) had already suggested they would fund to a substantial degree.”
“On legal immigration, though, the proposal puts them miles apart. It reflects a fundamental and growing ideological divide between Democrats and many Republicans who view immigration as a net good and Trump and his allies, who have depicted immigrants as an unwanted burden and threatening presence. The White House is currently demanding that a deal on DACA recipients eliminate the diversity visa lottery — which issues 50,000 green cards a year in countries with few immigrants to the United States — along with family immigration categories for siblings and parents.”