Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) said he is introducing a bill that would fix the country’s immigration laws by repealing President Donald Trump’s DACA executive order.
The Labrador amendment would create a path to citizenship for children who have lived in the U.S. for five years and come to the U: those who came to the country as children, those who were brought to the United States as refugees, and those who have been in the country for three years or more.
It would also grant amnesty to anyone who came as a refugee, who came through the DREAM Act or as a spouse or unmarried child of a U.N. refugee, and who entered the country with a valid visa.
Labrador, a Trump critic who said he’s not looking for a “deal,” said he was inspired by former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which he called a “political disaster” and a “bailout for the criminals.”
He said he and other conservatives are looking for ways to get “the government off our backs,” and that he thinks DACA is a “mistake.”
Labrador said he first came across Trump’s policy last month when he visited the White House.
The Idaho Republican said the current DACA program was a “huge mistake,” and said that the U-turn would be the biggest of his career.
Labrador said he thinks it would be possible to restore DACA’s status to the way it was in the 1990s.
He also said that while he didn’t support the original DACA, he’s a big supporter of the Daca program, and he plans to introduce a bill in the coming weeks to undo the program.
Laborde said that if DACA were to be repealed, he would sign the bill, but added that he doesn’t have the votes to do it.
“It is the greatest gift the president could have given the American people,” Labrador said.
“I am committed to working with Congress to bring DACA back.
And the American taxpayer should be the one to pay for it.”
Trump’s DACA move was widely denounced by immigration advocates, Democrats and Republicans alike.
The White House defended it as an important tool for those who wanted to stay in the United State legally.
But Democrats and some Republicans say the move is a political disaster that will likely hurt their party’s chances in the midterm elections.