Graham backs Trump ending DACA with six-month delay
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Monday that he would support President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program if Trump gives Congress six months to find a legislative solution.
“If President Trump chooses to cancel the DACA program and give Congress six months to find a legislative solution, I will be supportive of such a position,” Graham said in a statement.
“I have always believed DACA was a presidential overreach. However, I equally understand the plight of the Dream Act kids who — for all practical purposes — know no country other than America,” he continued, referring to legislation first introduced in 2001 that would provide many of the same protections as DACA. “If President Trump makes this decision we will work to find a legislative solution to their dilemma.”
Politico reported Sunday night that Trump has decided to end DACA, which temporarily shielded from deportation undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as minors and allowed them to apply for 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 that 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, with Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) saying he believes it’s something “Congress has to fix.”
Graham paired with Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) in July to introduce a bill that would grant legal status and a path to citizenship for DACA recipients.