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Congressional Deadlines Could Delay Vote on Dreamers Amnesty

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By    |   Monday, 04 September 2017 10:52 AM

President Donald Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program gives amnesty advocates a difficult schedule to prevent the deportation of its hundreds of thousands of recipients.

Politico reported Sunday that Trump will end the program established by former President Barack Obama that grants amnesty to undocumented immigrants who arrive as children, though this won't take effect until March 2018. Advocates for Dreamers, those who received visas through the program, hope that Congress will pass legislation before then that grants them amnesty.

However, Congress already faces upcoming votes on time-sensitive legislation, as New York Times correspondent Jonathan Martin pointed out on Twitter.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin insists that lawmakers raise the debt ceiling before Sept. 29, and a spending bill must pass before Oct. 1 to avert a government shutdown. Congress also needs to approve funding to help areas that were affected by Hurricane Harvey, with the White House requesting an initial $7.85 billion, according to ABC News.

Amnesty advocates haven't given up hope. Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Co., told CBS Denver on Sunday that he'll try to "force a vote" on keeping DACA protections.

"It's to force a vote in the House for a bill that I introduced in January, a bipartisan bill, called the Bridge Act, that essentially puts DACA into law to take care of the constitutional problems and extend it for a three-year period."

He told NPR that the Bridge Act "takes care of that constitutional question" raised by Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach, "gives certainty to these DACA recipients. And it gives breathing space for the Congress of the United States to find a permanent solution."

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