Trump's Mistake on DACA

Pauline Gross
January 22, 2018

Hours after the US government announced it would again begin processing renewal applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals due to a federal court order, President Trump claimed that the program - which has granted a temporary legal reprieve to people who were brought to the USA illegally as children - was "probably dead".

He reiterated the remark to reporters at Mar-a-Lago Sunday evening, saying that he and congressional Republicans were "ready, willing, and able to make a deal" on DACA "but Democrats don't want to".

If Congress doesn't pass a funding bill by Friday, the government could be heading for a shutdown on the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump's presidency.

Sharry said he was pleased that the deal would provide relief to dreamers, their parents and those with temporary protected status but unhappy that it includes funding for Trump's "stupid wall", prevents dreamers from petitioning to sponsor their parents for green cards, and curbs family-based immigration and the diversity visa program. He said Trump used the most vulgar term "more than once".

Trump and other Republicans have said that any deal on Dreamers has to include other aspects of immigration reform - many of which are unpopular with Democrats.

Both Republicans and Democrats want to lift those caps - GOP leaders want a big boost for defense; Democrats say any defense increase should be paired with an equal hike for domestic programs.

To qualify for DACA, created in 2012, DREAMers had to undergo a thorough background check, prove they arrived in the USA before their 16th birthday, were 30 or younger, were attending school or in the military, and had not committed a felony or serious misdemeanor. "And they want to take money away from our military, which we can not do".

"Honestly I don't think the Democrats want to make a deal", Trump said.

The debate over immigration policy became increasingly acrimonious after it was reported on Thursday that the president described immigrants from Haiti and Africa as coming from "s***hole countries" in a private meeting with lawmakers. "I'm the least racist person you have ever interviewed, that I can tell you". "I am using his own actions and words to indict him for being a racist".

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"The mood is so raw over immigration that this issue alone could prompt a shutdown, so I think chances of a shutdown on Friday at midnight are a bit above 50%", Greg Valliere, the chief global strategist at Horizon Investments, told the Journal. "I want to get a degree here".

President Donald Trump says he doesn't know if the government will shut down at the end of the week. He called the new stories a "gross misrepresentation".

Sen. Dick Durbin of IL, the only Democrat at Thursday's meeting, said Trump had indeed said what he was reported to have said.

"We want to see what's in it and then we're going to decide", he said.

Among Democrats, government dissatisfaction is by far the front-runner, with 30 percent of respondents listing it. Race relations comes in second among Democrats with 8 percent.

The White House has not denied that Trump said "s--hole" though Trump has already pushed back on some depictions of the meeting.

Roused by Trump's statements, more Democrats are saying they will not back a spending bill without protection for DACA beneficiaries.

"We need to find an equitable solution for the 800,000 Dreamers in the country that equitably takes care of them and the country, lets them stay and work in the United States but doesn't exacerbate the challenge by creating a future problem of illegal migration across the border".

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