Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) said Sunday that he will not vote to fund the government unless lawmakers reach a deal protecting immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.
“Well I, for one, will not vote for government funding until we get a deal on DACA,” Lewis told ABC’s “This Week,” referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Lewis emphasized the need to protect young immigrants who had been shielded by the Obama-era program, saying "it's not just to do otherwise."
“We must not give up or give in. We must continue to press on and get a deal,” Lewis said.
President Trump last year announced that he would rescind the Obama-era program, which protects certain young immigrants from deportation, but provided Congress with a window to craft a legislative fix.
Lawmakers have until midnight on Jan. 19 to reach a deal funding the government.
Trump said early Sunday that a DACA fix is "probably dead," placing the blame on Democrats.
"DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don’t really want it, they just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our Military," the president wrote on Twitter.