The White House is floating a deal where President Trump would exchange medium-term protections for DREAMers in exchange for funding for his beloved border wall.
The deal is a retreat from Trump’s earlier demand for major changes to the laws governing legal immigration – including what he calls family ‘chain migration’ – in exchange for helping the DREAMers, having already set in motion the elimination of their protections.
One idea being floated to congressional leaders is to extend DACA protections in exchange for three years of funding for the wall Trump wants to build on the southern border.
Trump toured sample wall sections near San Diego on Tuesday.
The White House is floating a deal where President Trump would exchange medium-term protections for DREAMers in exchange for funding for his beloved border wall, but the deputy White House press secretary said a three-year DREAMer reprieve for three years of wall funding isn’t something the White House would support right now
But the White House was quick to knock down the idea after the Washington Post reported it had been pitched to Republican leaders. The paper reported that Trump was open to the idea of extending DACA protections in exchange for border funding in an upcoming omnibus spending bill.
‘The White House opposes a so called three-for-three deal,’ said White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah, who was traveling with the President in California and Missouri.
‘If there were a deal cut and that could be added to the omnibus we would welcome that. But right now what was reported as a three-for-three deal is not something the White House would support,’ he said.
The Supreme Court ruled last month it won’t hear an appeal of ruling that requires the feds to keep the DREAMERS’ status in place.
11 undocumented youth and allies began The Walk to Stay Home, a 15-day walk from New York Citys Battery Park to Washington D.C.s Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in 2015
THIS MIGHT TAKE OFF: The idea comes after talks over helping the DREAMers have stalled
THERE ARE OBSTACLES: Any deal to help DREAMers could face GOP opposition in the House, while many Democrats are dug in against Trump’s wall
Trump’s tough call for ending ‘chain migration’ and a diversity lottery also has subjected the administration to some critical news coverage, including that his wife Melania’s parents got special ‘Einstein’ visas and that they applied for status after she gained permanent residency.
Democrats have demanded extending Obama-era protections for DREAMers, who were brought here illegally as children. But they backed off after lawmakers helped force a government shutdown over the issue.
The latest funding staring down Congress is March 23, a compressed timeframe that has some lawmakers predicting there is not enough time to forge a deal for DREAMers.
With everything else that’s going on, I just don’t see … the DACA issue being resolved in the next week,” said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Tex.) told the Post.