President Trump’s Second Thoughts on DACA

Hours after his administration announced an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, President Trump appeared to have second thoughts as he was bombarded by negative headlines about the popular program. “Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA (something the Obama Administration was unable to do). If they can’t, I will revisit this issue!” Trump tweeted Tuesday evening. Trump’s decision puts the pressure on Congress to act to protect those covered by the program who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill indicated that they would seek to act, but are looking for guidance from the president as to what he will sign. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders indicated Trump doesn’t believe a bill containing just a DACA fix would be sufficient, but she didn’t rule out him vetoing such legislation—as has been proposed by bipartisan lawmakers. But first the controlling GOP majority must also figure out what it can pass—and with whose votes. Democrats would resoundingly support a DACA fix, but conservative Republicans may bolt, particularly in the House. Potential compromises include increasing funding for border security, but all of that will have to wait until after the September funding deadlines.

Speaking of those deadlines, conservative lawmakers are objecting to a GOP leadership- and White House-backed plan to tie hurricane disaster relief funding to legislation to lift the debt limit. Those lawmakers, who provoked multiple crises over the debt limit in the Obama-era want offsets for the debt limit, the disaster relief funding, or both, sending the White House and congressional leaders rushing…

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