Could division over DACA lead to an in-party civil war for Republicans? According to Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Democrat from Texas, the GOP is one move away from an all-out clash.
This prediction surrounds what President Trump will decide to do with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). On Sunday, Trump indicated he’d decided to end the program, with a six-month delay.
Cuellar told CNN on Tuesday that immigration reform has become an emotional issue for Republicans—among the most emotional issues he’s seen. In addition to conflict within the GOP itself, Cuellar commented that he hopes Trump’s decision doesn’t make it impossible to pass the DREAM Act.
The act, which stands for Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors, would grant DACA immigrants conditional residency, and then for those who can meet further qualifications, it would grant permanent residency.
Cuellar pointed out that GOP members have different opinions on immigration, and on DACA in particular, with some strong anti-immigration in support of Trump’s decisions and “some Republicans that want to do the right thing.”
“But it’s going to cause, in my opinion, a civil war within the Republican Party.”
Cuellar said members of the Republican Party have different opinions on the issue.
“Some of them, the anti-immigrant folks are very strong … and then on the other side, you got some Republicans that want to do the right thing,” he said.
According to Politico, Trump and top White House aides have already discussed how to end DACA, while lawmakers plead with Trump not to end it.
Source: The Hill
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