Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the decision to terminate the program on September 5 and said no renewal applications would be accepted after October 5.
"I think that's what she's saying", said the president. He seemed to say that, with no conditions attached, he would support a bill legalizing these young immigrants brought into the United States illegally by their parents. Kelly will not attend every meeting but he is now responsible for getting a deal done.
Asked Wednesday if he would sign an immigration fix without wall funding, the president's response was clear - "No. No". This week the administration provided lawmakers with a DHS document with more information about each of its priorities.
The Trump administration had announced in September that it meant to wind down the program over six months, allowing Congress time to enact a permanent solution for the young immigrants commonly known as "Dreamers".
Major differences remain on immigration. Dianne Feinstein to consider a "clean" Dream Act mysteriously went missing from the official transcript. But Republican lawmakers and the president have added harsh elements that include border security enhancements and cuts to various legal immigration programs, making it hard to bargain with Democrats over the terms of a "clean" immigration bill.
White House legislative director Marc Short told reporters on Capitol Hill after the meeting that the President wants a "broader" deal on the family piece than just the covered recipients.
"We don't recommend to send in their renewal application now because we have to wait for the Department of Homeland Security to announce when they're going to start accepting applications".
"Why are we having all these people from sh*thole countries come here?" That's the program that protects young people in the country who were brought to the U.S.as children.
For that, he has his critics.
Tonight's court ruling on #DACA affirms that no one is above the law! At the time, the White House gave some beneficiaries whose DACA statuses expire before the March date one final chance to renew their statuses. "He's a fine and admirable general ... but we flat disagree on this".
The bishops also "are pleased to see the mutual understanding that ensuring protection for these young people should be the first step in the systematic reform of our outdated immigration laws", said Bishop Joe Vasquez of Austin, Texas, referring to those now protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. He also attended a meeting with a dozen senators December 19 on Capitol Hill. He set a record of deporting 2.2 million illegal immigrants, focusing on law-breakers who included lots of people stopped for traffic violations.
Judge Alsup believes the program should stay in place while lawsuits against Trump's decision to end DACA are sorted out and immigrants who now receive benefits under DACA should continue to renew them.