President Donald Trump blasted Democrats on Monday, arguing they failed to pass the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program after the administration gave Congress months to find a solution:
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
“Gave them 6 months, they just don’t care. Where are they?” Trump asked, referring to Democrats.
Trump’s tweet came on the day after the DACA program would expire, leaving recipients without permits.
Despite multiple attempts to negotiate an immigration deal, Democrats and Republicans have failed to reach a compromise involving DACA immigrants.
Earlier this year, Trump offered amnesty for DACA recipients but required Congress to approve border wall funding as well, something Democrats have opposed.
When asked about DACA on Monday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders pointed the finger at Congress for failing to address the issue.
“They claim to want to fix DACA,” Sanders said of lawmakers.
“The president laid out a pathway and an exact way to do that. They failed to address it, but we’re still hopeful that Congress will actually do their jobs, show up, and get something done and fix this problem, not kick it down the road and not continue to ignore it.”
Sanders said the administration expected to win a lawsuit involving DACA if it came before the Supreme Court.
The Trump administration attempted to bypass an appeals court by asking the Supreme Court to hear a case involving DACA after a federal judge ruled in favor of plaintiffs seeking to maintain the program.
The Supreme Court, however, rejected that request, stating it assumed that “the court of appeals will act expeditiously to decide this case.”
“Look, we fully expect to win on an appeal,” Sanders said. “And if we needed to go to the Supreme Court, we’d feel very confident there as well.”
Watch Sanders’ comments above, via CNN.