Dem AGs press Congress for DACA fix before holiday break

Dem AGs press Congress for DACA fix before holiday break
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A group of 20 Democratic attorneys general are urging Congress to agree to a fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program before going on break for the holidays.

"As fellow leaders entrusted by the voters to protect the health, safety and well-being of our states’ residents, we ask members of Congress to address this critically important matter without further delay, as you have repeatedly committed to do, to ensure that Dreamers can continue to thrive without fear of deportation," the attorneys general wrote in a letter Tuesday, referring to certain immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

The statement is signed by the top prosecutors in California, Connecticut, New York, New Mexico, Illinois and Hawaii, among other states.


President TrumpDonald John TrumpWHCA calls on Trump to denounce video depicting him shooting media outlets Video of fake Trump shooting members of media shown at his Miami resort: report Trump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage MORE announced in September that he would rescind the Obama-era DACA program, which protected certain young immigrants from deportation. But Trump also provided Congress with six months to pursue a legislative replacement.

Following Trump’s decision, a group of Democratic attorneys general sued to block him from ending DACA.

Democratic lawmakers have pushed for a fix to DACA to be included in an end-of-the-year spending bill, a prospect that Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanAmash: Trump incorrect in claiming Congress didn't subpoena Obama officials Democrats hit Scalia over LGBTQ rights Three-way clash set to dominate Democratic debate MORE (R-Wis.) said last month is not on the table.

Senate Minority Whip John CornynJohn CornynOvernight Health Care — Presented by Coalition Against Surprise Medical Billing — Judge blocks Trump 'public charge' rule | Appeals court skeptical of Trump arguments for Medicaid work requirements | CDC offers guidance for treating vaping-related cases GOP requests update on criminal referrals prompted by 2018 Kavanaugh probe Bottom Line MORE (R-Texas) reiterated Monday that a DACA fix will not be in the year-end bill, but expects lawmakers to take it up in 2018.