Kelly also told reporters it's not likely that President Donald
Trump will extend the March 5 deadline he gave Congress to act
"I doubt very much" Trump will extend the deadline,
Kelly said, Politico
"Mr. Obama established the program, and it was
considered to be unconstitutional, not based on any
law," he told reporters, Politico wrote. "So the
extension, I'm not so sure the President, this
President, has the authority to extend it."
Kelly added he would not recommend extending the
deadline as it would give Congress more time, and
Congress doesn't work well without a deadline.
"What makes them act is pressure," Kelly said of
Congress, the Post wrote.
The March 5 target date is also up in the air. Trump
announced the date last fall, saying his administration
would phase out DACA by letting the two-year protections
and work permits issued under the program expire without
the option to renew them. But a federal judge issued an
order stopping the President's plan to phase out DACA,
and DHS has since resumed processing applications for
renewals for all the recipients who had protections in
that Trump's Homeland Security secretary,
Kirstjen Nielsen, previously told lawmakers that the
administration does not have the authority to extend the
The chairwoman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus,
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, argued that there's a "tiny
silver lining" in Kelly's comments in that it removes
ambiguity and adds urgency to act.
"I think that puts the right kind of leverage -- not
that I agree with the White House strategies, typically
-- but that puts the right kind of leverage on the
Senate," Lujan Grisham,a New Mexico Democrat, told CNN.
Kelly and McConnell's meeting covered a range of topics,
including immigration and keeping the government open, a
White House official said.