Homeland Safety Secretary John Kelly advised Hispanic lawmakers on Wednesday that a program that protects younger immigrants from deportation is probably going unlawful, although he’s personally supportive, based on Home members.

Kelly attended a closed-door assembly with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, who pressed him on former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrival Program. DACA provides lots of of hundreds of younger individuals introduced into the nation as youngsters safety from deportation and a piece allow.

A gaggle of attorneys common has referred to as on the Trump administration to part out this system. Texas Lawyer Common Ken Paxton and others have threated to amend a district courtroom case to problem the DACA program until the Trump administration acts to part it out.

Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus pushed Kelly for an replace on whether or not the administration would defend this system. They stated they got here away from the assembly involved.

“He is personally for it. He thinks it won’t maintain up, in line with the attorneys he is spoken with,” stated Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas. “He was challenged by these of us within the room, by lawmakers, to publicly announce his personal place and to be a pacesetter and to face up and defend DACA. He stated he would contemplate it.”

Trump pledged as a candidate to “instantly finish” the DACA program. However as president, he has stated that class of immigrants won’t be targets for deportation. He stated they will “relaxation straightforward” and that his administration is “not after the dreamers, we’re after the criminals.”

Kelly didn’t converse with reporters after the hour-lengthy assembly, however Homeland Safety spokesman Dave Lapan confirmed that Kelly has doubts about this system’s authorized viability, based mostly on conversations he is had with attorneys inside and out of doors of the division.

“Once more that was a private remark based mostly on discussions with attorneys,” Lapan stated.

Lapan stated it stays to be seen whether or not Kelly would help laws on the difficulty.

A number of lawmakers stated Kelly advised them he was unaware of laws to make the DACA program extra everlasting, however when informed that there was, he stated he would look into it. Additionally they stated that Kelly advised them he was one of many program’s largest defenders inside the division.

“This is what he did say to us: ‘I have been preventing for DACA, and principally the rationale we’re in July and nothing has gone awry with DACA is due to my presence as secretary of Homeland Safety,'” stated Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ailing.

Lawmakers on the assembly are pushing for passage of a invoice referred to as the BRIDGE Act that may permit tons of of hundreds of younger immigrants to stay eligible for a piece allow with out worry of deportation. They challenged Kelly to attend a press convention on Capitol Hill in help of the invoice earlier than the August recess, identical to he did when he appeared with Speaker Paul Ryan just lately. Then, Kelly pushed for 2 payments that cracked down on unlawful immigration.

“He stated he would think about it,” stated Rep. Nanette Barragan, D-Calif.