Trump's DACA Decision Also Threatens GOP

Republicans at odds over program's end
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 5, 2017 5:21 AM CDT
Trump's DACA Decision Also Threatens GOP
A woman holds up a sign that reads "DACA Don't Destroy Dreamers Dreams" during a rally outside the White House on Monday.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Trump's expected decision to dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program after a six-month delay may not simply split apart families. The move, expected to be announced Tuesday, may also further divide a splintered Republican Party, reports Politico. While GOP lawmakers including Sen. Lindsey Graham and Rep. Steve King support an end to protections for immigrants brought to the US illegally as children, King says any delay allowing leaders to "push amnesty is Republican suicide." Other Republicans, meanwhile, are starkly against killing DACA altogether. Sen. James Lankford, for one, notes Americans should "not hold children legally accountable for the actions of their parents."

Republican Sens. Jerry Moran, Orrin Hatch, and Jeff Flake have also expressed their support for DACA, per NBC News and the Washington Post, while Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell have said they are sympathetic to "Dreamers." Trump's decision to dismantle DACA, after a six-month period allowing Congress to come up with a solution, is expected to be announced by Jeff Sessions at an 11am briefing Tuesday at the White House, reports the New York Times. Several House Republicans tell Politico one possible deal in response would involve codifying DACA in exchange for funds to start Trump's proposed border wall. But Republicans will also need Democratic support to raise the debt ceiling this month, and Dems could make codifying DACA a condition of their support. (More Dream Act stories.)

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