Trump to Extend DACA Deadline, GOP Senator Says

President Trump will extend the March 5 deadline to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program if Congress fails to act before that time, according to Senator James Lankford (R-OK), The Washington Post reported.

Sen. Lankford spoke directly with the president about the issue during a phone call last month.

Trump said that he was willing to "give it some more time" to allow lawmakers to find a solution for "dreamers," if Congress does not pass legislation extending protections.

"The president's comment to me was that, 'We put a six-month deadline out there. Let's work it out. If we can't get it worked out in six months, we'll give it some more time, but we've got to get this worked out legislatively,'" Lankford said.

Trump did not specify how long an extension might last, though, according to Lankford.

In September, the Trump administration announced plans to effectively end the DACA program in six months. The Obama-era program serves as a refuge for over 800,000 young immigrants brought to the U.S. as infants of children—thousands of whom are now currently enrolled in colleges and universities across the country and poised to make positive contributions to our nation and economy.


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