The most recent government shutdown, a debacle caused by bipartisan gridlock over immigration reform, only lasted three days. Democrats continued to push for a solution to the DACA problem. Now, Donald Trump has tweeted out confirmation that he intends to provide protection for the 1.8 million illegal immigrants known as the Dreamers.
I have offered DACA a wonderful deal, including a doubling in the number of recipients & a twelve year pathway to citizenship, for two reasons: (1) Because the Republicans want to fix a long time terrible problem. (2) To show that Democrats do not want to solve DACA, only use it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 28, 2018
The tweet was sent Saturday evening. President Trump’s new position on a path to citizenship is in line with earlier promises he made to fix what many consider the most challenging immigration issue. The Dreamers, children brought into the country by illegal immigrant parents, have had no path to citizenship and face deportation have been a contentious point of debate for the President.
His position on the matter has shifted, frequently.
Trump’s tweet implies that Republicans want to fix “a long time terrible problem.” That statement is only partially true. Many Republicans believe all illegal immigrants should be deported, even the Dreamers. Those is favor of a zero tolerance approach are not pleased by Trump’s conciliatory tone. Yet the are still hopeful about Trump’s stance on the wall.
“The White House released the contours of its legislative framework to codify DACA into law Thursday,” The Daily Caller writes, “which is accompanied by $25 billion for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, an end to chain migration, and an end to the diversity visa lottery program.”
The second point of Trump’s tweet is more perplexing. Not only does it seem to contradict the first point, it also seems like an overt attempt to call Democratic senators’ bluff. The Democrats voted on the temporary funding bill becasue President Trump and Republicans agreed to hold talks on DACA.
“Former President Barack Obama created the DACA program in 2012 allowing some illegal immigrants to be shielded from deportation and issued work permits. Trump ended the program in September, citing its likely unconstitutionality.”
The funding approval is funding the government for three short weeks. If, at the end of that time, no compromise has been reached, the Democratic lawmakers could derail budget approval and begin another shut down.