However, the United States District Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, William Alsup said this proposal violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA).
In the past six months, there have been a few hiccups with a replacement.
DACA protects from deportation an estimated 700,000 illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S.as minors by their parents. To qualify, they needed to have arrived before their 16th birthday, been under 31 in June 2012, completed high school or served in the military, and have clean criminal records.
Alsup ruled January 9 that the administration failed to justify ending the program and that the plaintiffs - California, Maine, Maryland and Minnesota as well as the University of California - had a good chance of winning at trial. But no new applicants are being accepted.
In a significant victory for Dreamers, a San Francisco judge in January blocked the Trump administration's rescinding of DACA, ordering the administration to resume accepting DACA applications as the underlying case continues in federal court. From there, it is expected to go to the Supreme Court. The White House estimated the total to be 1.8 million people. The Senate rejected it.
Turkish air strikes kill 36 fighters in Syria
Turkish-led forces control more than 20 per cent of the enclave after seizing the area of Rajo in the northwest of Afrin. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said fierce clashes were still being reported in Rajo.
Immigration advocates are holding rallies across the country today in support of Dreamers.
"March 5 is the deadline Trump gave the Congress to act and they haven't done anything", Bruna Bouhid, a 26-year-old student and Dreamer from Tampa, told AFP as she and others marched from the Washington Mall to the US Capitol.
Another shutdown looms, though, with March 23 being the deadline for Congress to pass another spending bill.
Even thought he courts have pushed the deadline back, Portman says he hopes that the vote on the bill he co-sponsored will happen soon, because the more time that the issue is in the courts, the more uncertainty that DACA recipients have on their status.
Among the Senate bills that failed to advance was a Trump-backed plan that would provide a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million Dreamers - the almost 700,000 DACA registrants, plus 1.1 million who were eligible but did not register - in exchange for extra border security funding and dramatic curtailment of legal immigration. Deportation arrests have surged more than 40 percent under Trump.