- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Sen. John Barrasso said Wednesday there will be plenty of time to tackle immigration reform, including a new policy for children brought to the U.S. illegally, early in 2018.

“The deadline that President Trump has set is actually March and so there’s time to do that,” Mr. Barrasso, Wyoming Republican, said on Fox News. “There are discussions. But for me, I’m going to focus on border security, enforcement and ending chain migration.”

Mr. Trump announced the end of DACA — an Obama-era policy that allowed people brought to the U.S. illegally as children to stay — and asked Congress to draft a permanent solution. The legality of DACA has been debated by Republicans since it was an immigration policy created by the executive branch rather than by Congress.

Democrats had hoped to tie DACA into the spending bill to fund the government this year, but Republicans say a separate immigration bill is currently being worked on with the White House and will be addressed early next year.

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