But they'd likely only go so far ― Democratic leaders have dismissed an idea floated by the White House to protect Dreamers in exchange for slashing legal immigration numbers, funding Trump's border wall and increasing other deportation efforts.
Trump is expected to announce by Monday whether to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protects almost 800,000 individuals, so-called Dreamers, from deportation and makes them eligible for education and work permits if they pass background checks. Cook was one of the signatories on that letter.
Trump has spent months wrestling with what to do with DACA, which he slammed during his campaign as illegal "amnesty". Slatery thinks lawmakers can set policy that addresses people who came here illegally as children. Mr. Trump is expected to announce his decision Tuesday.
In a radio interview Paul Ryan, Speaker of the US House of Representatives reportedly said that Trump should not terminate DACA as "these children know no other country than the US".
He said he did not favour punishing children for the actions of their parents but added "we must also recognise that we are a nation of opportunity because we are a nation of law" and "young Americans have dreams too".
Mr. Obama's executive order defers deportations for people who came to the US undocumented as children.
Asked whether he's made a decision on DACA, Trump said: "Sometime today, maybe over the weekend". Nearly 800,000 people are in the US now because of it.
Dozens of immigrant rights advocates on Sunday gathered in front of the White House and urged the president to allow DACA to remain in place.
CASA did not know how many dreamers are in Maryland, but the department of homeland security said as of March of this year, deportations were delayed for at least 700-thousand people.
The New York Times also reported that Trump was strongly considering ending the programme after a six month delay, but said officials cautioned that he could still change his mind. Most of the people protected under DACA have no connection to the countries they would be forced to return to, and separating families in such a brutal manner even looks bad to the GOP.