The Trump administration announced in September that it was ending the program; however, earlier on Tuesday, during a meeting with Republicans and Democrats to discuss immigration issues, Trump appeared willing to negotiate a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants - a move that stunned both Democrats and Republicans.
The bipartisan meeting over DACA on Tuesday faces challenges as Republicans and Democrats try to reach consensus on a spending bill by a January 19 deadline.
Donohue's referring to immigrants who came to the United States illegally when they were children - and also to immigrants from countries affected by natural disaster or war, and now living in the US under temporary protection.
"You need the wall".
The goal of the White House meeting was to discuss how to reach an agreement between Democrats and Republicans, while still accomplishing the President's push for a wall along the USA border with Mexico and other changes to the U.S. immigration system - something Democrats widely oppose. President Donald Trump told reporters Monday during a bipartisan meeting on DACA that a bill to be introduced by Goodlatte would be a "bill of love".
At a White House bargaining session Tuesday, Trump told almost two dozen lawmakers that they were "not that far away from comprehensive immigration reform". "Brought to this country as children by undocumented parents or family members, they are not "illegal" through any fault of their own", Archbishop Gomez wrote.
Lawmakers are under a March 5 deadline - imposed by Trump - to come up with a legal fix to the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
The wall now represents a complicated political question for Republicans and Democrats.
A compromise - with protection for the young immigrants, often called Dreamers by their advocates, and some enhanced border security, without construction of the wall - could eventually be reached. DACA has allowed them to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and get a work permit. He also said that the Department of Homeland Security's "decision to rescind DACA was based on a flawed legal premise".
Thomas Donohue says a White House meeting Tuesday on immigration is a "good start" even if "I am not sure we agree on exactly what we would like to do".
"Drugs are pouring into our country at a record pace, a lot of people are coming in that we can't have", Trump said.
Ultimately, the meeting concluded with a two-phase solution that pairs a DACA bill with funds for the wall and punts comprehensive immigration reform to Congress at a later date.
A group of Democrats are arguing to hold firm on DACA because if things collapse, they would hopefully win the House and have more leverage in 2019.