Flake: 'Plenty' of lawmakers want to work with Trump on DACA

Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane Flake70 former senators propose bipartisan caucus for incumbents McSally ties Democratic rival Kelly to Sanders in new ad McSally launches 2020 campaign MORE (R-Ariz.) on Sunday asserted that “plenty” of Republicans and Democrats are willing to work to find a long-term solution for “Dreamers” who benefit from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, despite President TrumpDonald John TrumpWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Five takeaways from the Democratic debate Democrats duke it out in most negative debate so far MORE tweeting earlier in the day that he would no longer support such a deal. 

“There are plenty of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle who stand ready to work with the administration on legislation to protect DACA kids who call America home. Let’s do it,” Flake tweeted.

Trump tweeted Sunday morning that Republicans in the Senate should pass tougher immigration laws using the so-called nuclear option, which allows a measure to pass with a simple majority. He also indicated he's no longer open to a bipartisan DACA deal, despite previously saying he'd sign any measure lawmakers came up with on the issue.

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The Trump administration announced last year it was ending DACA, an Obama-era program that allows certain immigrants brought into the country illegally as children to live and work in the U.S. without fear of deportation.

In the time since, Congress has been unable to reach an agreement on a long-term solution for those who benefit from the program. Multiple bipartisan proposals failed to secure enough votes in the Senate.

The Trump administration proposed offering a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million immigrants, many of whom benefit from DACA, coupled with $25 billion for border security and changes to legal immigration programs. That proposal failed in the Senate as well.

A federal court issued a ruling earlier this year blocking the Trump administration from ending DACA. The Supreme Court last month declined to hear the administration's challenge on the matter, meaning the program will remain in place while the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals continues its review.