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Gingrich: Congress Can Pass Dreamer Law in 3 Weeks If They Try

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By    |   Tuesday, 05 Sep 2017 10:39 AM

Congress won't need the six months President Donald Trump is expected to give them to fix the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Tuesday.

"Congress could do it in three weeks if they focus," Gingrich told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program.

"[Sen.] Lindsey Graham has a bill. There is a bill in the House. It is not a technical problem. It's a question of getting a room, finding the votes, picking one vehicle. You could put it on the continuing resolution, put it up as a free-standing bill. There are a lot of ways to get it done. They should get it done."

The Trump administration's upcoming announcement on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, and the call for Congress to work on a law on former President Barack Obama's executive memorandum, does show "real leadership" on Trump's part, Gingrich said.

"I think it's actually real leadership on President Trump's part to find a path that allows him to both protect dreamers and enforce the Constitution simultaneously," Gingrich said. "He campaigned last year on the fact that President Obama's executive order was unconstitutional."

In addition, Gingrich pointed out, Vice President Mike Pence, while still governor of Indiana, authorized his attorney general to file a lawsuit, saying DACA was unconstitutional, and all of Trump's legal advisers say the program is not legal.

However, said Gingrich, Trump knew that to put an immediate stop to the measure would put 800,000 people who came to the United States as children at risk. Most of those people, said Gingrich, "Have no other country in their experience than the United States."

Congress did not want Trump to roll back DACA arbitrarily, either, said Gingrich, so now it will have to do its job, and it should not be that hard.

While there are arguments about requiring dreamers to go through a legalization process, Gingrich said he also understands the "American tradition."

"There are 800,000 people here right now," said Gingrich. "The vast majority came because their parents brought them. In many cases they really know no other country. There is a factual question: Are you prepared to cause huge pain to 800,000 people over a theoretical principle?"

Gingrich said he also would not tie financing to build a border wall to a congressional law on DACA.

"I would not make 800,000 people hostages," said Gingrich. "I would say, let's fix that, and let's fix it, the wall. They're both doable. But I wouldn't want to diminish 800,000 people's lives into being a poker chip in a negotiating game."

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