Trump Willing to Compromise on Border Wall, Democrats’ DACA Demands
The Trump administration is sending signals to Democrats that it is open to a compromise on the proposed border wall between Mexico and the United States, and working with Democrats to pass DACA.
DACA, also known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is a program created by former president, Barack Obama to help young immigrants brought to the U.S. by their parents stay in the country without fear of deportation.
White House legislative director Marc Short told the Christian Science Monitor earlier today that despite Trump’s campaign promises to build a wall along the southern border, the president may be open to compromise.
“I don’t want us to bind ourselves into a construct that makes reaching a conclusion on DACA impossible,” Marc Short said.
President Trump announced last week that he was ending the program which covered over 800,000 immigrants and gave congress six months to put together a bill that addresses the problem.
Democrats have told Trump that they want a clean DACA bill that extends the program for the undocumented individuals.
Earlier today, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi signaled that her caucus is willing to work with Trump to pass a border security bill if it does not include building a border wall.
She said she is adamantly opposed to construction of a wall but is open to other border security measures.
“We always want border stuff, so that’s not a problem,” Pelosi told reporters.
She said that Trump promised when they met with him at the White House last week that he would sign legislation to help these “Dreamers” if it arrived on his desk, but “He said, ‘I want some border security.'”
“We’ve been very clear. There is no wall in our DACA future,” Pelosi declared.
Experts believe White House and Democratic leaders may have room to agree on a broad immigration bill that goes beyond DACA even as Democrats insist that under no circumstance will they accept a border wall in exchange for a bill that protects the “Dreamers”.
Last Thursday, Trump queried Sen. Schumer on the possibility of passing a “Dreamers” protection bill in exchange for the wall but Schumer turned him down.
Today, Schumer told reporters, “We’d certainly look at border security that makes sense, border security that’s effective.”
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