Trump Seeks to Pressure Dems on DACA, As Some in Congress Consider ‘Slim’ Deal Trump Seeks to Pressure Dems on DACA, As Some in Congress Consider ‘Slim’ Deal – NTK Network

Trump Seeks to Pressure Dems on DACA, As Some in Congress Consider ‘Slim’ Deal

The president is back on Twitter, seeking to put pressure on Democrats to support his proposal for a path to citizenship for DREAMers. Some in Congress are thinking smaller.

By NTK Staff | 02.01.2018 @10:00am
Trump Seeks to Pressure Dems on DACA, As Some in Congress Consider ‘Slim’ Deal

President Trump was back on Twitter on Wednesday morning, after a brief hiatus from his favorite medium. The president sent a few tweets, but one focused on the ongoing battle over so-called DREAMers – young, undocumented immigrants – and Obama-era protections called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

Trump tweeted that Democrats are not interested in a DACA fix:

Trump’s frustration may come from Democrats’ rejection of his proposed immigration deal, which would grant a 10- to 12-year path to citizenship for 1.8 million DREAMers in exchange for $30 billion in border security funding, changes to the visa lottery, and changes to family-based immigration (also called “chain migration”).

With Democrats standing pat on their rejection of Trump’s other three items in the proposal, some in Congress are considering a “slimmed-down” deal: an extension of legal protections, and not citizenship, for DREAMers, in exchange for border security funding.

The Washington Times reported:

The president’s forceful calls over the past week for bipartisanship on immigration failed to move the needle at all, as lawmakers began to look for a slimmed-down deal to protect Dreamers without broaching the big issues in the immigration debate.

One option floated by some Republicans on Capitol Hill is to offer Dreamers congressionally approved legal status, but not full citizenship rights, in exchange for limited border security improvements.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) seems to be a leading proponent of having this “Plan B” approach. Rubio tweeted about it on Tuesday:

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