Since taking office, President Donald Trump has had two goals in mind: 1, destroy Obama’s legacy and 2, keep attention away from the Russia investigation. And while he is arguably the worse president in U.S. history, he is doing an excellent job of achieving his goals.
His latest attack on Obama’s legacy was his decision to kill the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA currently protects over 800,000 immigrants living in the U.S.
Both sides of the aisle have expressed their sharp disapproval of Trump’s decision. But Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.) has proposed an idea that, if implemented, could keep DACA alive permanently.
Feinstein said Tuesday that she would support passing legislation aimed at protecting certain undocumented immigrants as part of a bill to raise the debt ceiling and provide emergency relief following Hurricane Harvey, The Hill reports.
“If we put Harvey in, we put DACA in, we pass the debt ceiling and it’s done. That’s a way, I actually haven’t thought of that before, but I’d be for it,” told MSNBC host Chuck Todd Tuesday afternoon.
“And I’d be for putting it on the floor alone,” she added.
The White House has suggested pairing a Harvey relief package to a bill raising the federal debt ceiling.
Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) vowed Tuesday to attach the debt limit legislation to the Harvey bill the House is expected to approve Wednesday, setting up a confrontation among congressional Republicans.
President Trump has also called on Congress to pass legislation after his administration announced Tuesday it would phase-out DACA, an Obama-era program that allowed nearly 800,000 undocumented people in the U.S. to obtain work permits and avoid deportation.
Feinstein suggested resurrecting a 2013 bill that included DACA provisions.
“So that bill is available,” she said. “It can go to the floor, it can go to committee and be marked up again.”
Todd remarked that it sounded as if the 2012 Obama administration program was on “shaky legal ground.”
“It is,” Feinstein responded, “that’s why we need to pass a law.