The White House is optimistic that either Congress or the Supreme Court will settle the DACA situation despite the deadline to pass legislation on the matter occurring Monday with nothing to show for it.
The topic of immigration and how to protect people who came to the United States illegally as children with their parents received minimal attention during Monday’s White House daily briefing. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the blame lies with Congress, not the executive branch.
“The president gave Congress six months and gave them a plan. He gave them four pillars that he wanted to see in legislation and principles that the majority of members of Congress have supported in the past,” Sanders said.
“They have claimed to want to fix DACA. The president laid out a pathway and the exact way to do that. They failed to address it. We’re hopeful that Congress will do their jobs, show up and get something done and fix this problem, not kick it down the road and not continue to ignore it.”
A court ruling blocked the Trump administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, effectively squashing plans to end it on March 5 — a deadline announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions last fall.
Sanders said the Trump administration is “confident” the Supreme Court would rule in favor of ending DACA so Congress could pass legislation on the matter if it gets to that point, but she ultimately put the onus on Congress to act.
“The fact that they can’t actually come together and get something done is pathetic, and now they’re using the courts as an excuse,” Sanders said. “They need to come to work and do what they were elected to do.”