GOP rep: Delaying the end of DACA is 'Republican suicide'

GOP rep: Delaying the end of DACA is 'Republican suicide'
© Greg Nash

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) on Sunday said it would be "Republican suicide" if President Trump followed through on a report that he was planning to end DACA with a six-month delay, insisting that the program instead needed to be ended immediately.

“Ending DACA now gives chance [to] restore Rule of Law. Delaying so [Republican] Leadership can push Amnesty is Republican suicide,” King tweeted.

 

 

Politico reported earlier Sunday that Trump was planning on ending the program with a six-month delay. DACA was designed to protect undocumented immigrants who were brought into the U.S. as minors.

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GOP lawmakers had been pushing Trump to keep the protections in place, including Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanGOP leaders jockey for affection of House conservatives Five GOP lawmakers mulling bid to lead conservative caucus On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Trump walks back criticism of UK Brexit strategy | McConnell worries US in 'early stages' of trade war | US trade deficit with China hits new record MORE (R-Wis.), who came out against ending the program in an interview last week.

The six-month window would give Congress the chance to step in before the program was terminated, but means Republicans would have to pass immigration legislation before then — an area GOP leaders have struggled to reach consensus on in the past.