Trump reportedly considering ending DACA

President Trump is considering ending the Obama-era program that gives legal status to people who came into the U.S. illegally as children as the program faces the threat of legal battles from conservative states led by Texas.
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call overnight to the governor of Texas. As he has a showdown with his own party over a government shutdown and you're reporting the president may be close to a big change in immigration. Reporter: A big and controversial change, George. With a government shutdown looming white house officials tell ABC news that the president is seriously considering ending a program that provides legal status to hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children. The move the president is considering would put nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants in danger of being deported. They are known as d.r.e.a.m.ers who came into the United States illegally as children. President Obama gave them legal status back in January president trump told ABC they had little to fear. They 14u79s be very worried. They are here illegally. They shouldn't be very worried. Die have a big heart. Reporter: But now several conservative states are threatening to sue to end the program. And white house officials say the president is seriously considering giving in rather than defending the program in court. The move comes as president trump is threatening a government shutdown unless congress provides funds to pay for his wall on the Mexican border. During the campaign, of course, trump promised that Mexico would pay for the wall. And I will have Mexico pay for that wall. Who's going to pay for the wall? 100%. Why is he threatening a government shutdown if congress won't pay for it? The president is committed to making sure this gets done. Again, he said over and over again, talked about the campaign over and over again and said Mexico will pay for the wall. Once again, the president is committed to making sure this happens and we're going to push forward. Reporter: "Snl's" "Weekend update" ridiculed his new, hard line on congress paying for the wall. What do we want? The wall" ] Who's going to pay for it. That's right, you the American taxpayer. Reporter: On Thursday he blasted senate leader Mitch Mcconnell over the senate's failure to repeal Obamacare tweeting, he failed. That should never have happened. He also took aim at both Mcconnell and house speaker Paul Ryan over the looming budget battle calling it a mess. The shutdown threat is real, George. Republicans on capitol hill acknowledge that it is virtually impossible to get the votes to pay for the wall in the upcoming budget negotiations. That means either the president backs down or there is a shutdown and white house officials insist he has no intention of backing down. Yeah, and, we're seeing a sustained campaign against the leaders of his own party and looks as if he's filing for divorce from congressional Republicans but doesn't seem to make sense. He needs them more than ever now. It's almost as if he's trying to lay blame because he's worried something is not going to get done. Reporter: He absolutely cannot get any of his agenda through without those Republican leaders leading the way because, George, the president has done virtually nothing to reach out to Democrats so he's certainly not going to get help interest them. He needs Mitch Mcconnell, you could argue more than Mitch Mcconnell needs him. On another front the president's top economic adviser Gary Cohn has been under some pressure to resign since charlottesville and now he's spoken out for the first time. Reporter: Yeah, this is an extraordinary interview with "The financial times." I want to read you from it. He says, this administration can and must do better in consistently and unequivocally condemning these groups, these hate groups and do everything we can to heal the divisions that exist in our communities. He is taking issue with the president's response to charlottesville and then on the issue of whether or not he would resign, he says this, I have come under enormous pressure both to resign and to remain in my current position. As a patriotic American I am reluctant to leave my post but then he adds, I also feel compelled to voice my distress over the events of the past two weeks. So extraordinary criticism from the president's top economic adviser here at the white house? Yeah, the president himself said on Tuesday night his words on charlottesville were perfect. Jon Karl, thanks very much. Much more Sunday on "This week."

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