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WH: DACA, Immigration Reform Now in Hands of Congress

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By    |   Tuesday, 05 September 2017 03:40 PM

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday made two points perfectly clear – it is up to Congress now to fix the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and that fix had better include sweeping immigration reform.

Sanders said by rescinding DACA earlier Tuesday, President Donald Trump saved hundreds of thousands of Dreamers from having the courts immediately rescind the unconstitutional program, and now it is time for Congress to take it from here.

"I don't think the American people elected Congress to do things that were easy; they elected them to make a government that works, to work properly and to work for American people," Sanders said Tuesday.

"That's their job. . . . We like to have confidence that Congress will do their job," Sanders said. "We're going to ask that they do that and that they allow us to work with them and be part of the process. If Congress doesn't want to do the job they were elected to do, then maybe they should let someone else do it."

Sanders also said the White House wants more than a clean DACA fix; it also wants "overall immigration reform."

"The president wants to see responsible immigration reform – and he wants that to be part of it – we can't take just a one-piece fix" Sanders said. "We've got to do an overall immigration reform.

"We can't just have one tweak to the immigration system; we need really big fixes and really big reform in this process," said Sanders, outlining other pillars to any DACA/reform package:

  • "Control the border."
  • "Improve vetting and immigration security."
  • "Enforce our laws."
  • "Do things that protect American workers."

Sanders had a slip of the tongue, saying "President Obama is laying out a responsible 24-month phase out" before correcting herself.

Sanders reiterated it is not President Trump's job to legislate, as former President Barack Obama tried to do when he implemented DACA.

"It's not cold-hearted for the president to uphold the law," Sanders said. "We are a nation of law and order. The day that we start to ignore the facts that we are that, then we throw away everything that gives these people a reason to want to come to our country.

"This president is not willing to do that. The previous administration was. We want to have real solutions. We want to have laws that address these problems. It's Congress' job to legislate, not the president's."

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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday made two points perfectly clear, it is up to Congress now to fix the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and that fix had better include sweeping immigration reform.
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