Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyExpats plead with US to deliver COVID-19 vaccines Growing number of Democrats endorse abolishing debt limit altogether Senate approves short-term debt ceiling increase MORE (D-Conn.) urged Republicans to join Democrats in passing legislative protection for “Dreamers” after reports that President Trump is set to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
“Dear Republicans, your moment has come. Every Democrat will join you,” Murphy tweeted. “Show the courage and grace to save these children, and our nation.”
Dear Republicans, your moment has come. Every Democrat will join you. Show the courage and grace to save these children, and our nation. https://t.co/M8bGZqpYmT— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) September 4, 2017
Politico reported Sunday night that Trump has made the decision to end DACA, which temporarily blocked the deportation of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as minors and sought work permits.
Nearly 800,000 people brought to the country illegally as children have benefitted from the program.
Trump’s decision reportedly includes a six-month delay which would give Congress a window in which it could step in before the protections expire, one White House official told Politico.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have called on the president not to end the program. House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanJuan Williams: Pelosi shows her power Cheney takes shot at Trump: 'I like Republican presidents who win re-election' Cheney allies flock to her defense against Trump challenge MORE (R-Wis.) said Trump shouldn't end DACA, and called on Congress to fix the program.
"I actually don't think he should do that and I believe that this is something Congress has to fix," Ryan told WCLO Janesville.
At least one House Republican, Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), wants to force a vote on bipartisan legislation that would uphold DACA protections.
“#DACA participants grew up here, went to school here, and should be allowed to stay here. The time has come to take action,” Coffman wrote on Twitter.