Paul calls for bipartisan DACA solution

Paul calls for bipartisan DACA solution
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Republican Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden takes office, calls for end to 'uncivil war' Senate confirms Biden's intel chief, giving him first Cabinet official McConnell faces conservative backlash over Trump criticism MORE (Ky.) on Tuesday called for bipartisan congressional collaboration to replace or fix the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration (DACA) policy, shortly after the Trump administration announced its decision to end the program.

In a series of tweets, Paul said that the Obama-era order "was illegal," but the overarching problem calls for a "bipartisan" solution.

The Kentucky senator added that "there are ways" to protect the deportation of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as minors and sought work permits.


Paul's tweets come shortly after Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsHarris to resign from Senate seat on Monday Rosenstein: Zero tolerance immigration policy 'never should have been proposed or implemented' Sessions, top DOJ officials knew 'zero tolerance' would separate families, watchdog finds MORE announced that the Trump administration will end the program.

"The program known as DACA that was effectuated under the Obama administration is being rescinded," Sessions said during a press briefing at the Justice Department, closing the door on new applications from people who hope to be DACA recipients and phasing out the program's protections provided to current recipients over the next six months.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, including House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanBiden's inauguration marked by conflict of hope and fear The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from Inauguration Day Revising the pardon power — let the Speaker and Congress have voices MORE (R-Wis.), have urged Trump to amend the program, rather than doing away with it entirely.