Trump threatens government shutdown unless Democrats make DACA deal

Sergio Conner
February 7, 2018

As an appropriator, Coons said, he would support "appropriations necessary" for the Department of Homeland Security to present a detailed plan for taking operational control of the border by 2020, but he does not support Trump's call "for us to hand over $25 billion without any ongoing oversight by Congress".

Later Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Democrats would be to blame for a prospective shutdown and that Trump wasn't seeking one - although he would welcome another battle with the opposition party.

Kelly said Trump's recent offer to provide a path to citizenship for up to 1.8 million immigrants went "beyond what anyone could have imagined". "I think there's a consensus that citizenship would not be part of that, for parents who brought them into the country against the law".

"He took exception to that, and they had an exchange", Durbin said. Mark Krikorian, executive director of the hard-line Center for Immigration Studies, complained that Trump "promoted his amnesty proposal as legalizing more illegal aliens than [President] Obama's DACA program, as though that's a good thing".

House Speaker Paul Ryan said it.

The memo portrays the Federal Bureau of Investigation in a negative light, alleging that the agency helped the Democratic party and its presidential candidate Hillary Clinton against Donald Trump in the 2016 elections. During an impromptu interview at the White House, Chief of Staff John Kelly piled on by saying it was doubtful that President Trump would extend the DACA protections while also saying some of the Dreamers were too "lazy" to sign up.

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"These are young people who at the time, a lot of people told them, 'you're signing your deportation orders.'". Word out of the mainstream media is that this is all the fault of Republicans and/or President Trump.

Democrats and Republicans, having learned from mistakes both made last month, explicitly separated immigration - including the rightly urgent drive to protect Dreamers - from a spending plan so as not to drag the entire government over the cliff again. "If we have to shut it down because the Democrats don't want safety ... let's shut it down".

Rep. Pete King, R-New York, who attended the White House meeting, told reporters afterward that he doesn't think the government will shutdown over immigration policy, despite Trump's comments. Lawmakers meeting almost every day to hammer out a compromise say they have yet to reach consensus on any piece of the puzzle, from how many young immigrants known as Dreamers will be granted a path to citizenship to how much funding will go to building new walls on the U.S. -Mexico border to what changes, if any, will be made to the nation's legal immigration system. Trump's bill has gotten little traction in Congress.

The House was expected to vote on another short-term spending bill Tuesday night, setting up a showdown with the Senate with just two days before government funding runs out.

At a later event, Comstock described her comments with Trump as "a very civil discussion" and that she doesn't "support government shutdowns".

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