Utah Republican urges Trump not to abandon hope of a DACA deal

Utah Republican urges Trump not to abandon hope of a DACA deal

Republican Rep. Mia Love of Utah criticized President Donald Trump's comments about immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and Africa. Her parents emigrated to the U.S. from Haiti. (Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons)

WASHINGTON – Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah) said President Donald Trump’s assertion that he is no longer amenable to a deal that would protect the estimated 800,000 recipients of the Deferred Acton for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program from deportation is “unacceptable.”

“The President’s recent statements declaring a DACA deal ‘dead’ are disheartening and unacceptable,” Love said in statement on Tuesday evening. “In Congress, many of us have worked in good faith for months to bring forward legislation that addresses each of the President’s initial priorities, including strong border security and certainty for DACA recipients. He must not go back on those priorities. The American people were promised solutions and have waited far too long for action.”

In a Sunday morning tweet-storm Trump said DACA is off the table and blamed Senate Democrats for the failure to reach consensus on a legislative solution.

DACA was set to expire on March 5 but a series of court decisions have extended the life of the program.

It is unclear whether Congress will take action.

On Tuesday, Trump announced that the military will assist border patrol personnel until Congress agrees to fully fund the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Love, 42, is the daughter of Haitian immigrants and is the first African-American Republican woman elected to Congress. She is considered a rising star in the GOP and  reportedly was considering a run for the seat of retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch (R) prior to Mitt Romney entering the race.

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