Trump Tweets About 'Legalizing' DACA
He says he will revisit issue in 6 months if Congress can't 'legalize' it
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 6, 2017 5:03 AM CDT
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Protesters march in Nashville in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017.   (George Walker IV/The Tennessean via AP)
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(Newser) – President Trump is planning to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program—but his actual position on the policy is still something of a mystery. Trump says he will look at his decision again if Congress can't "legalize" DACA, the Hill reports. "Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA (something the Obama Administration was unable to do)," the president tweeted Tuesday night. "If they can't, I will revisit this issue!" His tone was very different than that of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who, when announcing the move, called DACA a "unilateral executive amnesty" that "denied jobs to hundreds of thousands of Americans" by causing them to go to "illegal aliens." (As for whether DACA is illegal in the first place, the Daily Caller explains why it is; Quartz explains why it isn't.)

Trump said he wanted the question of the 800,000 "Dreamers" who grew up in the US after being brought here illegally as children resolved with "heart and compassion—but through the lawful democratic process." It is far from clear whether Congress will be able to pass any bill dealing with DACA in the next six months. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn says there is "no way" a stand-alone DACA bill will be taken up this month, with fellow Republican Sen. Marco Rubio indicating stand-alone is the way to go. "I think by and large, if you were able to have a stand-alone vote on a good product, [you] could pass it," Rubio tells Politico. "If you start adding other things to it, that’s where I think it falls apart." (One deal being discussed is tying a DACA fix to border wall funding.)

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