Senior White House officials on Wednesday warned lawmakers against turning to a possible fallback measure that would temporarily make legal a program that protects nearly 700,000 undocumented immigrants from deportation.
It appears a longshot that the House and Senate will both pass immigration overhaul bills that address the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program and reconcile differences ahead of a March 5 deadline for its termination. One option should Congress fail to act by that date would be a measure legalizing DACA temporarily as members keep trying to strike a broader deal.
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One senior White House official, however, told reporters that President Donald Trump would view such a short-term DACA measure — which likely would also include some enhanced border security measures — as “insufficient.”
Another senior official said Trump already gave Congress six months of “leeway” to come up with an immigration measure that would…