Colorado Republican Mike Coffman plans to file a petition in Congress Tuesday to force the House to vote on the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Coffman’s Bridge Act will give DREAMERS a three-year extension of the Obama-era program.
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Coffman thinks he has enough votes to pass his petition.
Coffman is worried that the illegal children will be deported if President Trump discontinues DACA.
The Denver Channel reported:
U.S. Congressman Mike Coffman, a Republican from Colorado, says he plans to file a rare “discharge petition” in Congress on Tuesday to force the House to vote on the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Coffman introduced the bill known as the Bridge Act in January, but the legislation has flown under the radar until now.
“Force Congress to act on it, I think otherwise, like the President, they kind of wanted to avoid making a decision on it,” said Coffman.
The Bridge Act provides a three-year extension of the Obama-era program that has given temporary legal status to nearly 800,000 undocumented children, including more than 18,000 so called “Dreamers” in Colorado.
“The members of Congress have a choice: They can let the program be phased out and these young people be subject to deportation, or they can sign this petition for the Bridge Act,” said Coffman.