House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows told reporters Tuesday a Trump administration official asked his caucus to put together a conservative immigration plan that would provide a legislative solution to replace to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
“Administration officials don’t want to be caught flat footed with no proposals,” the North Carolina Republican said. “On the debt ceiling there were no conservative solutions. … And it’s incumbent upon us to put some conservative and compassionate solutions out there to address it. So we’re taking that task as a real challenge. I was asked to do it. That’s what we’re doing.”
Meadows declined to name the administration official.
President Donald Trump decided to end the DACA program, which provides work permits that protect roughly 800,000 children of undocumented immigrants from deportation, but to gradually unwind it over six months to provide Congress enough time to provide a legislative replacement. Republicans believe Obama’s 2012 executive order creating DACA was unconstitutional.
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