According to one immigration enforcement advocacy organization, President Donald Trump has put the future of DACA recipients back in the Democrats’ court.
Earlier this month Trump delivered his administration's immigration policy principles to leaders in the United States Senate and House of Representatives. Those principles must be included as part of any legislation that is aimed at addressing the status of illegal alien DACA recipients.
In specific, the principles prioritize the interests of American citizens and legal residents by addressing border security, interior enforcement and the creation of a merit-based immigration system.
If Congress fails to act, the DACA program will begin to be gradually phased out in March.
Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) Spokesman Ira Mehlman maintains that the president has effectively put the future of DACA recipients in the hands of the Democrats.
"The March deadline is sort of a Damocles that is hanging over the heads of Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi,” Mehlman explained. “It says to them, ‘Look, there is a deadline out there … If there's no agreement that is reached – if you are not prepared to step forward and fulfill past commitments to the American people – then this special benefit for the people you claim to care about is going to come to an end.’ So the ball is back in their court."
Mehlman then stressed that nothing comes for free.
"Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi are not going to get everything they want without paying some kind of price."
Mehlman also mentioned that FAIR is encouraging citizens to call their representatives and urge them to support legislation in line with the president's true immigration reform principles.