A Democratic congressman who represents a district Texas, which borders Mexico, said in an interview “a miracle” is required to protect young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally to pass legislation this year.
Rep. Henry Cuellar said in an interview with The Houston Chronicle, that he does not see the people of Congress this year passing new legislation to replace the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
“We all are putting pressure on Republicans as much as we can, but they are saying early next year.” He said, “I was hoping we could do it by the year end and maybe a miracle take place, but I don’t see any such thing happening right now,” Cuellar said this in the newspaper.
“I don’t like to put it so cold, but the question is do you want to shut down the government for 800,000 people at the cost of 320 million Americans? Is that really what you are looking at”?
In September, President Trump said he would withdraw the DACA program of Obama-era which protected certain young immigrants from deportation; at the same time he provided six months to Congress to pursue a legislative replacement.