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DACA Advocates More Optimistic About Reaching a Deal

DACA Advocates More Optimistic About Reaching a Deal
(AP)

By    |   Friday, 01 December 2017 09:19 AM

Immigration advocates are hopeful House lawmakers can agree on a deal in the coming weeks to replace the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and give permanent protection to undocumented immigrants brought into the U.S. as children, The Hill is reporting.

Rep. Scott Taylor, R-Va., is leading a group of a few dozen Republicans in putting together a request to Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to get DACA fixed before the end of the year, according to Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairwoman Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M.

And the website said longtime lawmakers are now holding open discussions on the issue.

"Sometimes in politics, you know how you get things done? When everybody sees the dam's gonna bust," said Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, D-Ill., who is retiring after his current term.

President Donald Trump had said in December he was rescinding DACA, but gave Congress six months to replace the program.

"Folks are more optimistic now for a solution," said Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo. "I'm pretty optimistic a solution's going to be done, certainly before March.”

And Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., vowed to withhold his vote from any spending bill, unless a DACA deal is reached.

Meanwhile, Ryan has said Democrats missed their chance to demand a deal on DACA be included in the year-end spending bill when their leadership refused to attend a meeting with Trump this week, according to The Washington Times.

Ryan has rejected the year-end deadline pushed by the Democrats for resolving the status of DACA program participants and noted Congress has until March to resolve it.

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