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Dems Tell White House: Citizenship or Nothing for DACA Recipients

Democrats drew a hard line in the sand on DACA recipients, whose status is at risk of expiring at any time, by rejecting a White House deal to temporarily extend the program.

By NTK Staff | 03.20.2018 @9:02am
Dems Tell White House: Citizenship or Nothing for DACA Recipients

Democrats rejected a White House offer over the weekend for a two-and-a-half–year extension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in exchange for $25 billion to fund President Trump’s desired border wall with Mexico, multiple reports indicated.

The rejection raises the stakes for DACA recipients, since pending court cases could put an end to the program (or extend it indefinitely) at any time.

Politico reported (emphasis ours):

White House officials asked Democrats to approve $25 billion for President Donald Trump’s border wall in exchange for extending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program through fall of 2020, those sources said. That would give Trump his full wall funding request in the must-pass spending bill and still give him leverage over the DACA program heading into his 2020 reelection campaign.

But Democrats balked, demanding instead that the White House provide a pathway to citizenship to 1.8 million young immigrants eligible under the DACA program, those sources said.

While the Politico report did not name names of negotiators, the reports would suggest the that Democrats believe (what they think is) a bad deal on DACA is better than no deal.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the White House “objected” to the Democrats’ demand for a pathway to citizenship, resulting in the current impasse.

Both Politico and the Journal have also reported that House appropriators are pushing for border security funding anyway – up to $1.6 billion – which means the president may be in line to receive funds to build his wall with or without a deal on DACA.

It’s unclear whether border security funding, without a deal for DACA recipients, would lead enough Senate Democrats to reject a spending bill that the government would again be at risk for a shutdown this week.

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