Texas Dem: ‘Miracle’ needed to pass DACA fix this year

Texas Dem: ‘Miracle’ needed to pass DACA fix this year
© Greg Nash

A Democratic congressman who represents a Texas district bordering Mexico says in a new interview that "a miracle" is needed to pass legislation this year to protect young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally.

Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) told The Houston Chronicle, however, that he does not see Congress passing new legislation this year to replace the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

"We're trying to put as much leverage on Republicans as we can, but they are saying early next year. I was hoping we could do it by the end of the year and maybe a miracle will happen, but I don't see it right now," Cuellar told the newspaper.

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"I hate to put it so cold, but do you shut down the government for 800,000 people at the expense of 320 million Americans? That's really what you're looking at." 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump threatens ex-intel official's clearance, citing comments on CNN Protesters topple Confederate monument on UNC campus Man wanted for threatening to shoot Trump spotted in Maryland MORE in September said he would rescind the Obama-era DACA program, which protected certain young immigrants from deportation, but provided Congress with six months to pursue a legislative replacement.

Democratic lawmakers have pushed for a fix to DACA to be included in an end-of-the-year spending bill, a prospect that Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanKrystal Ball: GOP tax cut is 'opiate of the massively privileged' Top GOP lawmaker: Tax cuts will lower projected deficit GOP super PAC seizes on Ellison abuse allegations in ads targeting Dems MORE (R-Wis.) said last month is not on the table.

Rep. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroSchiff blasts GOP for Russia probe conduct: 'That's how you obstruct an investigation, not how you conduct one' OAS chief: 'A long shot' to fix migration from Central America White House protesters chant 'Lock him up' at Trump on seventh day of rally MORE, another Texas Democrat, told the Chronicle that an immigration bill has the most viability this year.

"Once the Congress gets beyond that, it will become harder to leverage support for DACA into successful legislation," Castro said.