In a tweet published Sunday morning, President Donald Trump predicted that negotiations over potentially reinstating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program legislatively — versus via executive fiat — were “probably” over.
“DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don’t really want it, they just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our Military,” he wrote.
“I don’t believe the Democrats really want to see a deal on DACA,” he added in another tweet. “They are all talk and no action. This is the time but, day by day, they are blowing the one great opportunity they have. Too bad!”
His tweets alluded to a potential shutdown of the government that looms ahead unless congressional Democrats and Republicans craft a bipartisan budget deal before Jan. 19.
According to The Washington Post, Republicans want an increase in defense spending, whereas Democrats are seeking a deal on reinstating DACA and increasing non-defense funding.
The president has likewise demanded any deal include “extra border security, including funding for a wall, as well as an end to family-based chain migration and the visa lottery program,” as reported by The Washington Times.
Prospects for a potential bipartisanship agreement fell to a standstill Thursday after reports emerged that the president had privately expressed interest in importing more immigrants from developed nations such as Norway versus “s**thole ones such as Haiti and El Salvador.”
While the president has denied using such language, Democrats have been using his alleged words as a rallying cry to demand a clean DACA bill.
“The confusion of the last week has clouded the debate, but what is clear is that we must insist upon a clean DREAM Act, which is supported overwhelmingly by the American people, has bipartisan support in Congress and must be enacted in January,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced in a statement Saturday.
However, both the president and congressional Republicans have made it clear that such a path is unacceptable, thus raising the chances of a potential government shutdown.
With that being said, the Department of Homeland Security began processing DACA applications again this weekend. Though Trump rescinded former President Barack Obama’s executive order last year, also by executive order, a district judge reinstated it earlier this month, according to The Daily Wire.
The Trump administration reportedly intends to appeal the decision, and it’s expected the case will eventually land in the Supreme Court.
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