Both the House and Senate are scheduled to leave Washington at week's end for their brief week-long President's Day recess. However, before it begins its recess, the Senate is likely to be consumed by an open-ended and yet-to-be-structured week-long debate on legislation to provide relief to beneficiaries of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. which President Trump has pledged he will terminate effective March 5, 2018.
The picture on DACA relief legislation may be a bit more clear by week's end. Then again, maybe not.
In addition to the Senate debate on DACA legislation, the highlight of the coming week's immigration-related activity in Washington includes President Trump's scheduled release of his budget submission for fiscal year 2019 and a House panel hearing on the nexus (if any) between sanctuary cities and opiate trafficking.
In all, from the perspective of those interested in immigration, refugee, homeland security, or human trafficking policy, the week's schedule includes five hearings and one business meeting at which matters on those subjects could be examined, and possible floor action on one matter of consequence to immigration.