Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., urged Congress on Tuesday afternoon to pass the bipartisan Dream Act this month and asked President Trump to partner with Congress on reforming immigration policy.
"We need to pass, in this month of September, a Dream Act, a permanent law in this country that says that these young people will have their chance to become part of America's future," Durbin told reporters Tuesday.
Graham said the two lawmakers would welcome Trump's help. In the past, the House and Senate have separately passed related bills, but failed to move on one at the same time.
"The Congress is going to have to up its game. As to the president, and I think he was right to terminate DACA. I believe from day one it was an unconstitutional overreach by President Obama," Graham said during a joint press conference.
"I think the president [Trump] did the country a service by going back to constitutional order. The president was right on the law, but he was also right to figure out a solution," Graham added.
Durbin and Graham introduced the bill July 21. If passed, DACA recipients and others who have lived in the U.S. for four years would receive permanent legal status.
The 2016 GOP presidential candidate said Trump should "help us in the House" and "work the phones" to help Congress reach a consensus.
The Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday morning its U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency will begin winding down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that was created by executive order in 2012, and rescinded on Tuesday by the Trump administration.
"This administration's decision to terminate DACA was not taken lightly. The Department of Justice has carefully evaluated the program's constitutionality and determined it conflicts with our existing immigration laws," said DHS Acting Secretary Elaine Duke
"As a result of recent litigation, we were faced with two options: Wind the program down in an orderly fashion that protects beneficiaries in the near-term while working with Congress to pass legislation; or allow the judiciary to potentially shut the program down completely and immediately. We chose the least disruptive option."
Under the program, people under the age of 18 who were brought to the U.S. illegally can apply for deportation protection and work permits for two years at a time.
Under the closing procedures, DACA's beneficiaries will not be affected for six months until March 5. No new requests or renewals of the two-year permits will be reviewed.
The Trump administration has said that method of phasing out DACA will give Congress time to write legislation dealing with current DACA recipients, if it so chooses.
A group of 10 state attorneys general threatened in June to sue the Trump administration if it did not rescind DACA by Sept. 5.
Last Friday, Tennessee backed out of the coalition. The nine remaining states — Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina, Texas, and West Virginia — are being led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.