GOP senator: DACA court ruling 'wildly wrong'

GOP senator: DACA court ruling 'wildly wrong'
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Sen. John CornynJohn CornynKey GOP senators appear cool to Kavanaugh accuser's demand Trump, GOP regain edge in Kavanaugh battle GOP mulls having outside counsel question Kavanaugh, Ford MORE (R-Texas) on Wednesday dismissed a court ruling that blocks the Trump administration from ending an Obama-era immigration program, saying it won't impact the negotiations on Capitol Hill.

"Not at all. ... We're reading the court's opinion, but it strikes me as wildly wrong. If President Obama can create the deferred action program, then certainly President TrumpDonald John TrumpHannity urges Trump not to fire 'anybody' after Rosenstein report Ben Carson appears to tie allegation against Kavanaugh to socialist plot Five takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate MORE can un-create it, or end it. It just makes sense," Cornyn told reporters when asked about the impact of the decision that, at least temporarily, keeps the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in place.

He added that "there wouldn't be any symmetry at all to the idea that one president could create it and another president couldn't end it."

The ruling from Judge William Alsup came hours after a bipartisan group of lawmakers agreed during a White House meeting with President Trump to pair any deal to protect DACA recipients with border security, changes to family-based immigration and the State Department's diversity visa lottery program.

The Trump administration announced last year that it was ending DACA, which allows immigrants brought into the country illegally as children to work and go to school if they meet certain conditions.

Democrats are demanding a DACA deal be included in the next government funding bill, which needs to be passed by Jan. 19, while Republicans are quick to note Congress has until March to pass legislation to protect DACA recipients.

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump, GOP regain edge in Kavanaugh battle READ: President Trump’s exclusive interview with Hill.TV The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump slams Sessions in exclusive Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh accuser wants FBI investigation MORE (D-N.Y.) noted on Wednesday that the court ruling did not "guarantee a lasting security" and could be overturned by a higher court.

"Let me be very clear: The ruling last night in no way diminishes the urgency of solving the DACA issue. On this we agree with the White House, who says the ruling doesn’t do anything to reduce Congress’s obligation to address this problem now," he said.