House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi asked House Speaker Paul Ryan on Friday for a meeting with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and Democratic lawmakers to talk next week about the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
"In your comments today, you noted that "this is something Congress has to fix." I agree. That is why I am writing to ask you to meet with Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and other House Democratic leaders as soon as we return next week to discuss a comprehensive legislative solution for our country's DREAMers," Pelosi wrote in a letter Friday.
Pelosi hopes to craft a legislative response in advance of Tuesday when the White House said President Trump will announce what he plans to do with the Obama-era program.
Earlier Friday, Ryan told a Wisconsin radio program Trump should not end DACA, which gives people under the age of 18 who were brought to the U.S. illegally the ability to apply for deportation protections and work permits for two years.
Pelosi called his statement "heartening" and added "deporting patriotic, courageous young men and women who are American in every way would be disastrous for our communities, our economy and our nation."
A group of now nine red states has urged Trump to do away with the 5-year-old initiative and told him in June they expected a decision by Tuesday. The group has threatened a lawsuit if Trump doesn't move to end the program by then.