Paulsen is backing a move that would force a vote in the House on immigration policy, over the objections of Speaker Paul Ryan and Republican leadership.
The last six months have seen legislative battles, incendiary statements out of the White House, and a government shutdown over DACA. One thing it has not seen: a definitive end to the DACA program.
Starting after midnight on Friday, the federal government shut down for the first time in five years.
Known as Dreamers, more than 6,000 Minnesotans who came to the U.S. as children are in the DACA program, which lets recipients legally work and provides temporary protection from deportation.