Sen. John Cornyn: There is 'bipartisan commitment' to resolving DACA

Senate Majority Whip Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, listens to a question from a reporter as he leaves the Senate chamber, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, said Tuesday there is a "bipartisan commitment" to resolving immigration issues while working to shape a must-pass spending bill.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, protects illegal immigrants who arrived in the country as minors. After scrapping the plan earlier in the year, President Donald Trump has been pressuring lawmakers to replace it with "something better."

"I just left a bipartisan meeting to talk about the DACA recipients," Cornyn told Sinclair Broadcast Group. "I believe there is a bipartisan commitment to providing them relief."

However, this relief may have to wait until after lawmakers pass a spending bill to keep the federal government up and running. The complexity of the issue means it cannot be addressed within the week, Cornyn said.

"There's other things that need to be done too," Cornyn said. "The administration and people like me believe we need to actually follow through on our promise of border security."

The issue will likely be resolved in January, Cornyn said.

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