A week ago, the Supreme Court halted President Trump's plans to accelerate a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals hearing in his attempt to put an end to the program that protects undocumented youth from U.S. deportation.
Trump initially announced back in September that he planned to end the Obama-era program, giving Congress six months to build a legislative policy mirroring his plans. The deadline for that Congressional fix is today. According to CNN, Congress has failed to come up with a bill to save the Dreamers; apparently, lawmakers estimate that about 150-170 Congress members are in favor of the bill. However, for DACA legislation to pass a total of 218 votes are needed.
"I think it's absolutely terrible that Congress has failed to act," said press secretary Sarah Sanders during the daily briefing held on Monday. "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."
Here, Sanders referred to the fact that ongoing legal proceedings are temporarily keeping the Dreamers safe from deportation.
Naturally, President Trump took to Twitter to express his feelings about the inaction:
It’s March 5th and the Democrats are nowhere to be found on DACA. Gave them 6 months, they just don’t care. Where are they? We are ready to make a deal!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 5, 2018
"It’s March 5th and the Democrats are nowhere to be found on DACA. Gave them 6 months, they just don’t care. Where are they? We are ready to make a deal!" he exclaimed.
While this delay may be a bit of relief for Dreamers, their fate is still left up in the air, leaving them anxious for a solution. Crowds of Dreamers and fellow immigration activists took to the Capitol to march in support of DACA:
“It’s okay to be proud of who you are and don’t be afraid to let your voices be heard“- Erik Lopez, freshman at the University of Nebraska #DACA #MarchForDreams pic.twitter.com/VJnBeyH1P3— sophie kaplan (@yofisofi) March 5, 2018