Members of Congress who want to force a vote on the issue of the status of the alien “Dreamers” may resort to a rarely-used procedure known as a discharge petition.
The issue roiling Congress, one that has become mixed up with a number of other immigration concerns, is the consequence of an Obama administration program, called “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival.” DACA offered at least a temporary reprieve from deportation to the more than 11 million people who were brought to the United States illegally when they were children.
Trump ended DACA last September. As for the future of the Dreamers, Trump said then that he was open to signing an Act of Congress that would offer them additional protection. There was some back-and-forth over whether this should be a “clean” bill or whether it would be expected to include other features.
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A group of centrist Republicans is apparently prepared to sign a discharge petition to get a clean DACA bill onto the House floor.