Those Democrats have dug in since Trump said at a private Oval Office meeting that he wants immigrants from places like overwhelmingly white Norway - and not from Africa.
But even without DACA in the mix, a new temporary funding plan unveiled by HouseRepublican leaders last night got a tepid embrace from GOP lawmakers, frustrated by the lack of an overall budget agreement for 2018.
On Thursday evening White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said it was "unlikely" a deal could be brokered on immigration by the time the current spending resolution runs out on Friday. "Republicans looking out for USA citizens, taxpayers and troops in danger", Freedom Caucus member Rep. Scott DesJarlais wrote on Twitter.
'Could happen. We'll see what happens.
The immigration talks stalled last week after Trump rejected a plan proposed by Sens.
A number of Republican politicians, including Trump, have accused Democrats of jeopardizing the stability of the military--and the safety of the country--by refusing to agree to any funding proposal until something is done for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. "We are strongest when we stick together - that will produce the best spending deal and the best DACA deal - one that has a chance of being enacted into law".
"I would hope we'd have all the things everybody agreed to", Vermont Sen. "I am a nay vote tonight".
Should federal agencies close their doors, both parties would be gambling that the public would blame the other side.
'A government shutdown will be devastating to our military...something the Dems care very little about!' Trump said in a tweet that blamed the opposing party for the crisis.
Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia has already vowed to support a bill to keep the government open for another month.
Unlike in the House, McConnell has to have Democratic votes to pass a spending bill and with some in his own conference like Sen. Conservatives were also threatening to balk.
"If this bill passes, there'll be no incentive to negotiate and we'll be right back here in a month with the same problems at our feet", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. "That would not play well for Republicans", McCaul said.
In the end, a majority of the hardline House Freedom Caucus chose to support the bill, helping get it across the finish line, after apparent pledges from GOP leadership to hold votes in the near future on a new year-long defense funding bill and a conservative immigration bill.
Democratic votes would be needed for any budget extension, as 60 votes are required to get around any filibuster.
The spending package being voted did not include enough military spending to please some Republicans, it had no protections for the Dreamers and its children's insurance provisions were less than what Democrats wanted.
Hovering over the government funding fight are November's congressional elections in which one-third of the 100-member Senate and all 435 House seats are up for grabs as Republicans battle to keep control of both chambers. Democrats have sufficient votes there to block the legislation. Many, but not all, are non-defense federal employees.
"If there is a shutdown, it will have the same cause as any prior shutdown, and that's Republican intransigence", said Austin Rep. Lloyd Doggett, a Democrat who plans to vote against the stopgap bill. Mike Rounds, who has backed the bipartisan immigration bill, announced he would not vote for a weeks-long short-term funding extension, saying good governance requires a long-term solution instead of short-term fixes.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said Wednesday that they're at a stalemate in part because President Trump has not yet clearly indicated what needs to be in an immigration bill that he would sign. "Us staying here and working and finding a deal is what's going to help them", he said.