House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and other Republican leaders in Congress on Friday urged President Trump not to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an Obama-era program that has allowed nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants known as “dreamers” to live and work in the country without fear of deportation.
“I actually don’t think he should do that and I believe that this is something Congress has to fix,” Ryan said in a radio interview with WCLO Janesville.
“President Obama did not have the legislative authority to do what he did,” said Ryan. “You can’t, as an executive, write law out of thin air.”
The House speaker said the undocumented immigrants “are people who are in limbo. These are kids who know no other country, who were brought here by their parents and don’t know another home. And so I really do believe there that there needs to be a legislative solution.”
According to the Washington Post:
The Trump administration is facing a Tuesday deadline to rescind DACA or face a lawsuit from Texas and nine other states. The president has reportedly been split between competing advice from his advisers. Immigration hardliners, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions, have said the program would lose in court while moderates, such as Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, have said terminating it would be a political liability.
In a statement released Friday, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said Congress must provide “a workable, permanent solution for individuals who entered the country unlawfully as children through no fault of their own and who have built their lives here.”
— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) September 1, 2017
Several other Republicans in diverse swing districts, including Reps. David Valadao (R-Calif.), Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), Will Hurd (R-Tex.), Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) and retiring Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), have all stated their intent to support seeking protections for DACA recipients.