People protest in front of the U.S. Capitol to urge Congress to save the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, on Dec. 6, 2017, in Washington, D.C.
A federal judge has temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s efforts to wind down DACA.
This ruling complicates the March 5 deadline that was set for phasing out the program. It is also not clear how the judge’s orders will affect negotiations.
In a meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers on Tuesday the president doubled down on the border wall. He said it must be a part of any DACA agreement. A White House statement after the meeting said they “reached an agreement to negotiate legislation that accomplishes critically needed reforms in four priority areas: border security, chain migration, the visa lottery, and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy.”
There are almost 800,000 DACA recipients in the United States. According to The Center for American Progress, passing legislation could add $281 billion in economic growth over the next decade and 72 percent of the top 25 Fortune 500 companies employ a DACA recipient.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday at a Capitol Hill press conference on the Republican agenda that GOP legislators want a DACA compromise.
“We want to make sure the DACA issue is solved,” Ryan said. “But as you’ve heard me say time and again, this has to be balanced so that we don’t have a DACA problem five or 10 years down the road.”
Vieira said if this issue is not resolved her American dream will expire with the DACA program.
“We’re desperate,” she said. “We don’t want to lose our jobs. We don’t want to lose our homes. We don’t want to have to go back to some place we’ve never known.”