WASHINGTON (WDTN) – Thursday, a federal appeals court ruled that President Trump cannot end DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
The Obama-era program protects undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.
When a Democratic-controlled House gavels in this January, Congressman Henry Cueller is optimistic about passing an immigration bill.
“The last time we had immigration reform, Ronald Regan was pushing that he got it done working with the Democratic Congress,” he said.
George Washington University Political Management Professor Matthew Dallek says Democrats want a DACA deal that provides a path to citizenship for undocumented young people.
He says, “Democrats are going to continue as they have for many years now try to pass legislation to protection the so-called Dreamers.”
Even if the House passes an immigration bill to protect Dreamers, it will likely run into a legislative wall in the Republican-controlled Senate.
“We are certainly going to try to help the President achieve what he’d like to do,” says Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Republicans demand any immigration deal must include funding for the President’s border wall.
President Trump says he’s open to working with Democrats.