President Trump received vocal criticism from his base for refusing to abandon President Obama’s pledge to protect unauthorized immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. However, comments made by DHS Sec. John Kelly are signaling that DACA’s days are numbered.
The Washington Post reported on Thursday that Kelly told the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in a closed-door meeting that DACA will probably not survive a court challenge by 11 conservative states.
“This is what he’s being told by different attorneys, that if it goes to court it might not survive,” DHS spokesman David Lapan told reporters.
Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus said that it’s likely that the Trump Administration may not even try and defend DACA in court.
“If you’re going to count on Jeff Sessions to save DACA, then DACA is ended,” said Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) who, according to reporters, was “literally shaking.”
Several Republicans both inside and outside the White House have proposed offering Democrats permanent green cards for the 800,000 DACA recipients in exchange for other big ticket items like the border wall. So far, they’ve gotten nowhere. But with DACA all but certain to end, they may be more willing to come to the table.