Republicans are struggling to craft a deal to address the Trump administration’s decision to end a program that grants legal protections to nearly 2 million young immigrants brought to the country as children.
Lawmakers have yet to craft an answer on whether they will vote for legislation to renew the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, or pass a legislative fix to protect it from termination.
The president, who has threatened to withhold federal funding for schools that don’t offer DACA, has been working behind the scenes with Democratic leaders to reach an agreement, including at the White House.
Trump’s decision on the DACA program comes as Republican senators and congressional leaders are scrambling to come up with a legislative solution to save the DACA relief, including one that would keep the program in place while they hash out a legislative package.
The administration has been pressuring Republicans to take a different approach.
The White House has repeatedly argued that lawmakers should continue to fund schools to help protect young immigrants and is threatening to withhold millions of dollars in federal funds from schools that fail to offer DACA relief.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said last week he will not allow a legislative deal to be reached with Democrats unless DACA relief is extended.
Ryan also said he is confident that he will be able to pass a bill to extend DACA relief in the coming weeks.
Democrats have been trying to negotiate a bipartisan solution, but some have been reluctant to commit to a short-term solution that would let Trump terminate DACA, leaving the program intact.
Republicans have also been reluctant and unable to negotiate the extension.
Ryan’s comments last week on DACA prompted many lawmakers to ask him if he was ready to support a short term fix to DACA relief if it came from a Republican-led House or Senate.