President Donald Trump is addressing demands that he act on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an Obama-era initiative providing legal protections for children of illegal immigrants that the Trump White House suspended.
DACA has been the subject of increasingly tense negotiations between the Republican and Democratic parties. The short-lived government “shutdown” stemmed in part from GOP unwillingness to pass a DACA provision within a temporary funding bill.
The president surprised some political observers on Wednesday by not only saying that he’s open to passing DACA, but that he’d be willing to extend a pathway to citizenship, given a certain condition: A waiting period of ten to twelve years.
“We’re going to morph into it. It’s going to happen, at some point in the future, over a period of 10 to 12 years,” Trump said to reporters.
DACA thus appears to be a foregone conclusion for the president, and it’s only a matter of time to see what deal he desires to be struck.
Recently, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer rescinded his provision offer of funding the “wall” with Mexico as a part of a broader immigration deal. As the pressure increases for the Democrats, including activists literally shouting at Senate Minority Leader Schumer outside his bedroom window, we’ll see if they’re willing to come to the bargaining table or if DACA is a smokescreen cause the party intended to hold against the GOP in electoral perpetuity.
President Donald Trump appears to be calling the Democrats’ bluff. But will his base see it as a betrayal of their immigration agenda? Nothing could be higher stakes for the Republicans heading into the 2018 midterm elections.
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