Congress returns as DACA deadline looms

Congress returns as DACA deadline looms

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The deadline in which DACA was set to expire continues to creep closer as Congress members head back to Washington following a 10-day break.

Last year, President Donald Trump set the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to expire on March 5, giving Congress members six months to come up with a replacement.

Lawmakers have debated the issue intensely. Before the recess, the Senate voted on four possible solutions which failed.

Now as they head back to work, all eyes are on the gun-control debate.

Lawmakers are under intense public pressure to address the issue following the deadly mass shooting in Parkland, FL, on Feb. 14.

Meanwhile, there may have been a reprieve for DACA recipients.

Two separate federal courts have blocked the president's plan to end the program, and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services said it would continue to accept renewal applications from people whose status has expired.

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