And a senior White House aide said that if Republican lawmakers fail to agree on a plan, he doesn’t expect Trump to follow through on terminating Daca — a prospect that would test Bannon’s commitment to support his former boss from the outside.
But ending the program, which grants two-year work permits to some undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as minors, would put the so-called Dreamers’ futures in the U.S. in jeopardy, a prospect that many on both the left and right view as unthinkable — and one that in recent months has given Trump himself pause.
The Tuesday announcement was forced by the legal threat dangled by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and nine of his AG colleagues who vowed to challenge DACA’s constitutionality in court if the federal government does not halt the issuance of work permits.
Though Trump was already inclined to pull out of the agreement, opponents of the deal including Bannon, members of the White House counsel's office, and Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, argued privately that remaining in the pact could result in a series of legal hurdles that could make it more difficult to undo President Barack Obama’s climate regulations.
White House staff members worry that the DACA fight could further complicate an already thorny legislative calendar filled with government funding and debt ceiling deadlines, and they’ve privately raised doubts that Congress can reach agreement on the issue.
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