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Trump Insists Border Wall Money Must Be Part of DACA Deal
Says in tweet that ‘chain migration,’ lottery system must end
Democrats want DACA renewed as part of government funding deal
President Donald Trump said he would insist legislation extending deportation protection to those brought to the U.S. illegally as children include funding for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Trump also said he would demand an end to a program that allows immigrants to sponsor family members to join them in the U.S., and a State Department program designed to offer immigrant visas to people from countries with low rates of migration to the U.S.
“The Democrats have been told, and fully understand, that there can be no DACA without the desperately needed WALL at the Southern Border and an END to the horrible Chain Migration & ridiculous Lottery System of Immigration,” Trump said in a Twitter message Friday from his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.
Trump earlier this year announced that he was ending the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, saying Justice Department lawyers had concluded it was unconstitutional. DACA protections are set to expire by March 1 if Congress doesn’t take action.
Democrats have said they don’t support the president’s effort to construct a border wall or impose new limits on the immigration system. It’s expected they will attempt to use the expiration of government funding in January to pressure the White House to strike a deal on immigration that pairs a renewal of DACA with moderate new immigration enforcement measures.
Congressional leaders of both parties are scheduled to meet with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly on Jan. 3 to discuss the spending bill, immigration and other matters.
“We’re not going to negotiate through the press and look forward to a serious negotiation at Wednesday’s meeting when we come back,” Matt House, a spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, said in an email.
Trump has sought to build support for his more significant changes to the immigration system by pointing to recent terror attacks in New York City*.
Akayed Ullah, 27, a green-card holder from Bangladesh accused of detonating a bomb in a New York subway tunnel this month, came to the U.S. in 2011 on a visa available to nieces and nephews of U.S. citizens. Sayfullo Saipov, a 29-year-old from Uzbekistan who’s alleged to have mowed down people on a bike path with a pickup truck in New York on Halloween, came to the U.S. in 2010 on a visa obtained through the lottery program.
“Both terrorists came to our country through the dysfunctional immigration system that we are correcting, rapidly,” Trump said earlier this month during a speech at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
Kelly met with Democrats last week in Washington to discuss a path forward on a possible immigration bill.
Article source: Bloomberg.com
Terrorist. The United States would know a lot about that now wouldn’t they?
Okay I’m confused. I thought I heard Trump literally say that MEXICO was paying for the wall. IF Mexico is paying for the wall, why does he have to negotiate with the Democrats, or ANYONE in Washington? Shouldn’t this “Wall” thingy be between him and President Nieto of Mexico?
Remember who’s PAYING FOR THE WALL??? Negotiate with who is paying for the damn WALL!!
I’d overstand if he so desperately wanted to build up education, infrastructure, science and medical research, development in the talented minds of America’s youth, yeah THEN negotiate with whoever in Washington, but this is the fucking WALL, Mexico suppose to take care of that tab remember?
Yeah you see, Trump mentioned who was paying for it. This is a matter between them two that has NOTHING to do with DACA. I can see the negotiations going like this;
Trump: So we’ve already discussed a measure where you’re paying for the wall. I really need you guys to d o this to make me look good to my followers, so what kind of deal can we agree on? As an offer, I’ve negotiated pricing with contractors to lower the original cost of the project.
Nieto: I see Mr. Trump. Well, in order for us to pay for this wall, it has to be us that’s building it to protect our people from yours. But I see that NAFTA really hurt your economy in the past twenty years courtessy of your American consumers. How about we leave NAFTA alone, and we hire our people to build the wall which we’ll pay for. But, we’ll give you the credit on being a hard nose negotiator to your heavily censored media in the states. Deal?
Now THIS would make sense; Mexico pay for the wall hiring THEIR own people, Mexican contractors to keep out Americans, and Trump gets what he wants; media exposure as a smart businessman; give them what they WANT NOW.
As for DACA. This should be negotiated with the border patrol and ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement) in exchange for more money for Defense. I would negotiate education and infrastructure but war is America’s product so hey, what the hell give them what they want. We keep DACA, you get your defense spending.