Trump Set to Give House, Senate Leaders Time to Pass Immigration Bill or Face Blame for Ending DACA
U.S. President Donald Trump will announce next week that he will end the Obama era program that protects young undocumented immigrants from deportation known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA.
But the president will include a provision that allows DACA to remain in effect for six months following the announcement.
White House sources told The Liberal Advocate News the president wants to give congressional leaders the opportunity to come up with a law that permanently protects these “Dreamers”, as they are known.
“The thinking here is that we want to give Ryan (House Speaker) and McConnell (Senate Leader) the chance to pass a legislation that protects these kids. If they cannot, then, it will be their fault,” our source said earlier today.
See also: Something is Seriously Off with Donald Trump.
White House confirmed they called Speaker Ryan and Sen. McConnell (R-KY) over the weekend to inform them of the president’s decision and also let them know the reason behind the six months delay.
“If Ryan and McConnell cannot come up with a bill on this, then it will not be the president’s fault that these “Dreamers” cannot stay. The legislative branch needs to act,” our source continued.
Immigration experts believe the president is worried about fallout and does not want to be held accountable should Hispanics turn enmasse against the Republican Party in 2018 and 2020,” one Republican immigration activist who supports extending DACA told us.
“This is really stupid. I think the president should extend this. For most of these “Dreamers”, America is the only country they have ever known. What is the benefit to the United States of kicking them out apart from politics?” the activist said.
Ending the program will leave nearly 800,000 young immigrants in limbo. Most of these immigrants currently hold jobs, pay rents and own cars. That may be impossible for them to do should they lose their right to work in this country.
Immigration activists may not be the only ones worried about the fallout from Trump’s decision. House and Senate members are also worried and are urging the president to extend the program.
In recent days, pro-immigration Republicans have joined Democrats in voicing their opposition to ending DACA with most of them arguing for legislation to make the law permanent.
On Friday, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI.) urged President Trump not to end the program saying that for most of these young immigrants who were brought here by their parents as kids, America is the only country they have known.
There are people in limbo,” Ryan said on the radio station WCLO in Janesville, Wisconsin.
“These are kids that know no other country, who were brought here by their parents and don’t know another home, and so I really do believe there needs to be a legislative solution, that’s one that we’re working on,” Ryan added.
Hardline Republican Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas told the media Sunday that “we ought to take care of them,” adding that it wasn’t the fault of the “Dreamers” they had come to the country illegally.
“In any legislative fix, I would like to see them receive a green card,” he said.
“We ought to recognize that giving them legal status has two problems. First, it creates a whole new class of people who will then be eligible for a green card and citizenship ― namely, the extended family members of those who will receive legal status who can, through chain migration, get legal status themselves.”
Tennessee Republican Attorney General Herbert Slatery, an ardent opponent of immigration, announced that he’s had a change of heart on DACA. He said he would not take part in the lawsuit challenging DACA as he had earlier planned to do.
Slatery urged legislators to support the Dream Act, a bill that would provide a path to legal status for undocumented young people who came to the country as children, or legislation like it.
Oklahoma Republican senator, James Lankford also urged President Trump not to end DACA.
“It is right for there to be consequences for those who intentionally entered this country illegally. However, we as Americans do not hold children legally accountable for the actions of their parents,” he said in a statement his office released to the media.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said that though he always felt DACA was presidential overreach by the Obama administration, he supports allowing the program to continue.
“I have always believed DACA was presidential overreach. However, I equally understand the plight of Dream Act kids who ― for all practical purposes ― know no country other than America,” said Graham.
He said he would support legislation to make DACA permanent.
The problem is that in the last few years, House and Senate leaders have actively campaigned and voted against immigration bills including DACA.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) hasn’t allowed any immigration bills that would allow legal status for Dreamers to be voted on in the House, and his predecessor, former Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), let a comprehensive immigration reform bill that passed the Senate in 2013 die in the House.
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