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Kelly says Trump not likely to extend DACA deadline

Kelly says Trump not likely to extend DACA deadline

White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE said Tuesday that President TrumpDonald TrumpDemocrats, activists blast reported Trump DOJ effort to get journalists' phone records Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit Trump admin got phone records of WaPo reporters covering Russia probe: report MORE is unlikely to extend the deadline for work permits under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on March 5 if Congress has not reached a deal on immigration by that date.

Kelly told reporters on Capitol Hill that he was "not so sure" that Trump had the authority to extend the deadline because the program was not based on law, The Washington Post reported.

Work permits for DACA recipients will begin to expire on that date due to Trump's decision to rescind DACA in September with a six-month delay.

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The White House is “not so sure this president has the authority to extend it," Kelly told reporters. “I doubt very much” it would happen, he added.

"There are 690,000 official DACA recipients and the president sent over what amounts to be two and a half times that number, to 1.8 million," Kelly continued. "The difference between 690 and 1.8 million were the people that some would say were too afraid to sign up, others would say were too lazy to get off their asses, but they didn’t sign up."

On Monday, the White House rejected a bipartisan immigration plan that extended DACA protections but failed to provide the funding boost the Trump administration wants for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Trump wrote on Twitter that the deal was a non-starter, as was any bill that did not include adequate funding for the border wall.

“Any deal on DACA that does not include STRONG border security and the desperately needed WALL is a total waste of time,” he tweeted. “March 5th is rapidly approaching and the Dems seem not to care about DACA. Make a deal!”

Kelly was on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to discuss the legislative agenda with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden to meet with 6 GOP senators next week GOP is consumed by Trump conspiracy theories The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Upbeat jobs data, relaxed COVID-19 restrictions offer rosier US picture MORE (R-Ky.), according to White House legislative director Marc Short.

Short rejected the bipartisan immigration bill by Sens. Christopher CoonsChris Andrew CoonsUS, Iran signal possible breakthroughs in nuke talks How the United States can pass Civics 101 Americans for Prosperity launches campaign targeting six Democrats to oppose ending filibuster MORE (D-Del.) and John McCainJohn Sidney McCainEx-McSally aide pleads guilty to stealing over 0K in campaign funds DOJ: Arizona recount could violate civil rights laws Cheney fight stokes cries of GOP double standard for women MORE (R-Ariz.) Monday and suggested senators look to the White House framework as a basis for a bill.

“Look at our framework,” Short told reporters. “I think we’d advocate our framework to be the base bill.”