On Wednesday, President Trump told a Latino group he is “ready, willing, and able” to make a deal with Congress over the illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.
Trump said, however, “Democrats are nowhere to be found.”
At the Latino Coalition Legislative Summit in Washington, Trump added, “We are trying to have a DACA victory for everybody. And the Democrats are nowhere to be found. They are nowhere to be found.”
In September, Trump claimed that he was ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, but gave Congress six months to develop a legislative fix. Court orders, however, have forced the Trump administration to keep issuing renewals.
Trump added, “It’s really terrible. We are ready. The expression ready, willing and able. They are nowhere to be found.”
The Obama-era program shields hundreds of thousands of young people from deportation. Republicans have argued that Obama exceeded his constitutional authority through the executive order. Trump has called on Congress to pass its own law.
Multiple attempts to get a deal have stalled, especially as lawmakers look to fix DACA as part of a broader comprehensive immigration reform bills.
On Wednesday, Trump said, “Go get DACA. Go push those Democrats. I’m telling you… This is a moment for DACA and for all of us, but this is a very special moment.”
Last week, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La) said that members are moving forward with a plan that would address DACA, as well as the president’s other priorities of building a southern border wall, ending so-called “chain migration,” and changing a federal immigration program from a lottery to a merit-based system.
A nationwide injunction in January by a federal judge in San Francisco requires the Trump administration to resume renewing the legal status of the hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients.
That order does not apply to first-time applicants, however.
In January, Senate Democrats forced a three-day government shutdown after refusing to pass a temporary spending bill that did not include a DACA fix.
They ultimately voted for the bill in exchange for a Republican promise to allow an open process on immigration reform.
That process has so far yielded a number of proposals, all of which have failed to gain enough support in the Senate to pick up the 60 votes needed.
Last month, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) accused Trump of trying to spike a deal when he rejected one of the bipartisan proposals as a “total catastrophe.”
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