President Trump is calling for congressional action on immigration reform, but early indications suggest his Republican allies, particularly in the Senate, have little inclination to take up the thorny issue.
Trump kicked the issue to Congress on Tuesday by announcing the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which since action by President Obama in 2012 has provided work permits to immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children.
“Congress, get ready to do your job – DACA!” the president tweeted, hours before Attorney General Jeff Sessions formally announced the decision to roll back the program over the next six months. The president notably did not mention the other issues facing Congress this month, including hard deadlines to fund the government and raise the federal borrowing limit.
Sen. John Cornyn (Texas), the No. 2 Senate Republican, said Tuesday that there’s “no way” Congress will consider the immigration program this month.
And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) offered a short statement that, while backing Trump’s decision, failed to mention DACA and betrayed little interest in doing anything on immigration.