President Trump issued a warning early Thursday that the negotiations now underway regarding the future of immigrants brought to America illegally as children “will be our last chance” to “solve the DACA puzzle.”
“Negotiations on DACA have begun,” he wrote, referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
“Republicans want to make a deal and Democrats say they want to make a deal. Wouldn’t it be great if we could finally, after so many years, solve the DACA puzzle. This will be our last chance, there will never be another opportunity!”
Negotiations on DACA have begun. Republicans want to make a deal and Democrats say they want to make a deal. Wouldn’t it be great if we could finally, after so many years, solve the DACA puzzle. This will be our last chance, there will never be another opportunity! March 5th.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 13, 2018
The Senate this past Monday evening began a debate on the future of DACA recipients, often referred to as “Dreamers.”
Trump declared last year that he would be repealing the Obama-era DACA program, which permitted Dreamers a temporary reprieve from deportation, as well as work permits.
In doing so, he gave Congress until March 5th to construct a legislative fix, setting off a chaotic mess of lawmakers desperate to secure a deal to keep the program’s protections into law. A federal judge early this year, however, temporarily halted Trump’s plan to end the program.
Lawmakers have struggled to reach an agreement on the issue. A fight in the Senate over whether to feature a DACA fix in a short-term government funding bill last month led to a three-day shutdown.
While Trump seemed to suggest last year that he would be revisiting the matter if lawmakers had not yet addressed it by his deadline, White House chief of staff John Kelly signalled last week that the president was not likely to give Congress more time to secure a deal.
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