Chairman Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton's top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: "Triumph of hope over evidence Labor's "wasteful spending and mismanagement" at Workers" Comp MORE on Monday pressed Congress to pass the DREAM Act, as the deadline for lawmakers to craft a legislative fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program passes.
But a federal court judge has blocked the Trump administration's order to end the program.
In the past six months, there have been a few hiccups with a replacement.
Introduced in June 2012, DACA has given hundreds of thousands of people who came to the country illegally as children two-year renewable permits to live and work.
Almost 683,000 people were enrolled at the end of January, eight out of 10 from Mexico.
A nationwide injunction forced the administration to resume accepting renewal requests within a week but it did not apply to first-time applicants.
A federal judge in NY issued an injunction in February that blocked the administration's attempt to dismantle the policy.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals put its review of Alsup's decision on fast track, but legal experts don't expect a decision until June at the earliest. It says to these young people who are here in this country, going to school, working, in our military. There were also almost 22,000 whose initial applications had yet to be decided.
But the White House argues it can't legally extend DACA without action from Congress.
The ACLU has a new six-figure campaign focused on keeping DACA in the forefront. The Senate rejected it.
The American Civil Liberties Union is pressuring President Donald Trump directly with ads telling him to "fix what you broke, before it's too late". Democrats forced a partial shutdown in January with that goal in mind but relented after three days.
Since then, Congress has backed off the issue, but over the weekend, there was DACA rallies from Washington D.C.to Washington state.