GOP senator: DACA court ruling 'wildly wrong'

GOP senator: DACA court ruling 'wildly wrong'
© Greg Nash

Sen. John CornynJohn CornynGOP senators introduce bill to prevent family separations at border Senate GOP tries to defuse Trump border crisis Dem plays audio from child detention center on Senate floor MORE (R-Texas) on Wednesday dismissed a court ruling that blocks the Trump administration from ending an Obama-era immigration program, saying it won't impact the negotiations on Capitol Hill.

"Not at all. ... We're reading the court's opinion, but it strikes me as wildly wrong. If President Obama can create the deferred action program, then certainly President TrumpDonald John TrumpConservatives express concern over House GOP immigration bill Poll: McSally holds 14-point lead in Arizona GOP Senate primary Trump defends Nielsen amid criticism over family separations MORE can un-create it, or end it. It just makes sense," Cornyn told reporters when asked about the impact of the decision that, at least temporarily, keeps the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in place.

He added that "there wouldn't be any symmetry at all to the idea that one president could create it and another president couldn't end it."

The ruling from Judge William Alsup came hours after a bipartisan group of lawmakers agreed during a White House meeting with President Trump to pair any deal to protect DACA recipients with border security, changes to family-based immigration and the State Department's diversity visa lottery program.

The Trump administration announced last year that it was ending DACA, which allows immigrants brought into the country illegally as children to work and go to school if they meet certain conditions.

Democrats are demanding a DACA deal be included in the next government funding bill, which needs to be passed by Jan. 19, while Republicans are quick to note Congress has until March to pass legislation to protect DACA recipients.

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care — Presented by the Association of American Medical Colleges — Trump officials move to expand non-ObamaCare health plans | 'Zero tolerance' policy stirs fears in health community | New ObamaCare repeal plan Selling government assets would be a responsible move in infrastructure deal Ignore the naysayers trying to disrupt US diplomacy with North Korea MORE (D-N.Y.) noted on Wednesday that the court ruling did not "guarantee a lasting security" and could be overturned by a higher court.

"Let me be very clear: The ruling last night in no way diminishes the urgency of solving the DACA issue. On this we agree with the White House, who says the ruling doesn’t do anything to reduce Congress’s obligation to address this problem now," he said.