DACA Deal Making Rounds as Shutdown Looks Likely

January 19, 2018

As noted in a separate story, the absence of a deal on DACA is proving a sticking point in the negotiations over a continuing resolution to fund the government, but a version of the immigration deal that was rejected by President Trump earlier this week gains traction in Congress.  While details of the deal remain murky, it would likely provide a path to citizenship for DACA recipients, provide funding for border security (including infrastructure), limit family-based migration, and end the Diversity Visa Lottery program by reassigning the program's allocated green cards elsewhere.  Whether the deal could gain the support of both the President and a sufficient proportion of Congress to pass is unknown.  Meanwhile, the Department of Justice has appealed an injunction on portions of the DACA suspension to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court.  After the injunction, the Department of Homeland Security resumed accepting DACA renewal applications last week.