An immigration attorney and policy analyst predicts that congressional lawmakers are unwilling to tackle the issue of illegal immigration before Election Day.
Last week, House Speaker Paul Ryan cancelled votes on his immigration compromise bill because it faced certain defeat. The vote on a so-called "moderate" bill was postponed after the bill sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, which contained more robust border enforcement, was defeated by a 231-193 vote.
After the bill's defeat, President Donald Trump has since advised lawmakers to "stop wasting their time" on immigration legislation until after the midterm elections.
Art Arthur, an attorney and resident fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies, says that's what Democrats want, too.
"I think [Democrats] simply want to use the DACA population as a talking point in the next election," Arthur says, "and they don't really care about resolving the issue for those individuals who are currently covered by DACA."
The attorney-analyst also predicts that American voters won't be fooled by the Democrats' tactics.
"I think that the Democrats may be encouraged to overplay their hand," he predicts, "by the mass media support that they've received with respects to the issue of parents and children."
A poll of 1,000 likely voters conducted by Rasmussen, in fact, showed 82 percent of Republicans and 56 percent of Independents blame parents, not the Trump administration, over separating children at the U.S.-Mexico border, The Washington Times reported last week.