DACA Fix to be Separate from Spending Bill

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said on Tuesday that lawmakers will not attach a legislative fix to codify protections for beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to the year-end spending bill, The Hill reported.

"No, we're planning on doing that separately," Ryan said in an interview. "We're planning on keeping that separate from spending."

The DACA program—established in 2012—was rescinded by President Trump on September 5, 2017 and will end on March 5, 2018. An estimated 790,000 current DACA permits will begin to expire on a rolling basis after that date, with approximately 33,000 individuals losing protection, on average, each month until the last one expires in 2020.

The Obama-era Executive Order provided refuge to thousands of young immigrants—many of whom are now currently enrolled in colleges and universities across the country.

Democratic and Republican lawmakers in both the House and the Senate have called for a legislative fix for DACA by the end of the year, a move that remains uncertain despite signs of bipartisan cooperation earlier this year, reported the Hill. Speaker Ryan has pushed back against attempts to tie DACA to other legislative priorities this year, saying earlier this month that it should be "considered separately" from end-of-year deadlines.


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