Corina Barranco
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Corina Barranco turns 18 on March 11th. It’s the second most important date on her calendar. The first is this coming Monday, when the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is set to end. If it goes, so does Barranco’s legal status, her job at McDonalds, her plans for college, and her hopes of becoming a citizen, a voter and a cop.

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With another government shutdown looming this week, Senate Democrats, including Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, are still hoping to strike a deal on protections for the undocumented immigrants known as "Dreamers." But at a news conference Monday, Brown suggested that failure to reach an agreement on the issue is "unlikely" to result in another shutdown. 

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U.S. Sen. Rob Portman says he believes NAFTA should be saved, despite comments by President Donald Trump suggesting the U.S. should withdraw fromthe trade deal.

Portman says there are areas where NAFTA could be improved but he believes it would be a “mistake” to terminate the trade agreement.             

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Federal employees around Ohio face uncertainty today as a government shutdown enters its third day.

Senate Democrats continue to press for a bill to address the fate of Dreamers, young undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children. It's a political gamble that could hurt Democrats in the midterm elections, especially in states like Ohio, which went for President Trump and his tough stance on illegal immigration. 

Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown, up for re-election this fall, said there's more at stake for him than the Dreamers.

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Ohio’s U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says he believes Congress is ready to address the immigration-status of young adults brought here as children. And he doesn’t think the issue needs to be part of a deal to keep the government open past Friday.