A federal judge has indefinitely blocked Trump from terminating DACA's protections for the so-called Dreamers, who were brought to the U.S.as children and are living here illegally. Politico also reported that Kelly thought it unlikely that Trump would extend the March 5 deadline to offer protections to DACA recipients, should Congress fail to pass immigration reform.
"I doubt very much", Kelly told them during an interview in the U.S. Capitol.
President Donald Trump will probably not extend the March 5 deadline for the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, White House chief of staff John Kelly said.
"What makes them act is pressure", he said.
President Trump announced he would end DACA protections in September, giving lawmakers until March 5th to come up with a solution to grant permanent protections to dreamers. The administration has appealed the ruling, but a decision isn't likely until this summer. Unless a high court rules on the legality of DACA, the Department of Homeland Security will still have to renew immigrants DACA status.
Kelly also said that the White House's proposed immigration framework, which would offer a pathway to citizenship for some 1.8 million young unauthorized immigrants in exchange for $25 million in border wall funding and other immigration restrictions, was a "generous" offer as it protected far more than the 690,000 Dreamers now enrolled in DACA.
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Kelly said he was "not so sure this president has the authority to extend it".
In exchange for making citizenship a possibility, Trump wants $25 billion for border security, including money to build parts of his coveted wall along the U.S. -Mexico boundary.
In remarks to reporters, Kelly described Trump's plan, which would provide a path to citizenship for up to 1.8 million people - more than Democrats had sought. "If D's oppose this deal, they aren't serious about DACA-they just want open borders".
Kelly said lawmakers need a deadline to force action.
"I would certainly advise against it", Kelly said.
Kelly said he couldn't believe that lawmakers would vote against Trump's immigration plan given how "generous" it is.
With lawmakers deadlocked on how to proceed, the top negotiators for each party spoke out on the Senate floor Tuesday and accused the other side of inaction. "But the president will not take yes for an answer".