President Donald Trump had made an offer to extend DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, for three years as part of an exchange with Democrats in return for $5.7 billion for his border wall and border security package.
But Democrats turned down the deal in negotiations
And now Trump is saying he’s reconsidering the offer, saying now it is “highly unlikely” that the offer will be on the table.
From Daily Wire:
Trump indicated in his interview that he’d prefer to allow current litigation challenging both the constitutionality of the act itself and the constitutionality of his repeal to make its way through the courts before he offers any concessions on the Act, even if it means he may not get the border wall funding he’s looking for in the next round of budget negotiations.
“I could see myself doing something for DACA but I want to find out what the Supreme Court is going to do first,” Trump told the Caller, adding that he believes its “highly unlikely” that the issue will come up.
This is a significant change from just 10 days ago, when the Trump White House offered a three-year extension on DACA, in order to protect illegal immigrants from deportation actions while the Act made its way through the courts, in return for partial border wall funding. That “compromise,” offered just before the White House copped to a three week “continuing resolution” on the budget, was suppsed to entice Democrats into an eleventh hour deal, but didn’t.
Pelosi is still saying that there isn’t going to be any wall funding.
And on Thursday, Trump tweeted that he may simply go ahead with the wall without a deal with the Democrats, perhaps by declaring a national emergency.
“Republicans on the Homeland Security Committee are wasting their time. Democrats, despite all of the evidence, proof and Caravans coming, are not going to give money to build the DESPERATELY needed WALL. I’ve got you covered. Wall is already being built, I don’t expect much help!” Trump tweeted.
The White House is clearly preparing for that exigency: a Politico report from Thursday morning indicates that the White House is already drafting “a potential national emergency declaration to secure President Donald Trump’s border wall, even as lawmakers are trying to broker an immigration deal that could avert another shutdown in just over two weeks.”
Trump told them he was going to do it. Lindsey Graham warned them that would be a great way to get some of what they wanted.
But they didn’t listen. They were too busy taking a “victory lap,” claiming they’d defeated Trump.
So now Democrats might be out getting anything out of a deal.
And they have no one to blame but themselves.