An unlikely development in the U.S. House of Representatives could lead to a vote on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA is an Obama-era program that allows young undocumented immigrants brought to the country illegally as children to work legally in the United States without fear of deportation. The Trump administration ended the program last September, but several court cases have prevented the program from terminating.
DACA never received a vote in Congress. That may be about to change. Sponsors in the House of Representatives are gathering signatures for something called a ‘discharge petition’. A discharge petition is a written motion to put a bill on the House floor. This method of getting a bill to the floor does not require House leadership approval, who currently oppose any bills pertaining to DACA. In order for a discharge petition to be successful, a majority of House members must sign the petition.
Successful discharge petitions are very rare, with only 25 petitions meeting the majority threshold in more than 80 years. Even if the discharge petition addressing DACA is successful, there are no guarantees that any legislation will be passed by the House, and if it does pass the House, that the legislation becomes law. This story will continue to develop over the next several weeks.
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