Lawmakers voted on Monday to end the government shutdown but a long-term deal has yet to be made in regards to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and immigration.
Late Friday night when Congress could not reach an agreement, the government shutdown and remained shut down until Monday when Congress passed a short-term resolution to buy them more time. During that time the Republicans and Democrats were busy playing the blame game.
Republicans argued that the Democrats were holding the military “hostage” and putting Dreamers before thousands of government workers. On the other hand, the Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer blamed President Trump’s unwillingness to accept a “very generous” deal that included funding for his border wall.
Now that the government is back up and running, Americans are wondering what exactly is Trump’s stance on DACA. Clearly, his stance is not the same as before when he stated he wanted a “bill of love.” The president seems more concerned about his wall now.
In fact, White House budget director Mitch Mulvaney says that the “want a large agreement.” “We want a big deal that solves the reason we have a DACA problem in the first place,” Mulvaney asserted.
“If you simply gave amnesty, whatever you want to call it, to the folks who are here, but don’t solve border security, then you’re simply delaying another DACA problem 10 or 15 years from now,” he insisted.
When it comes to Trump’s stance in negotiation on immigration, the budget director implored that it “depends on what we get in exchange.” Does that sound like an administration that cares about the 800,000 Dreamers who are set to be deported?
Nobody knows for sure that the Republicans & Democrats will be able to reach a deal on DACA by February 8, but everyone will be trying….with a big additional focus put on Military Strength and Border Security. The Dems have just learned that a Shutdown is not the answer!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 23, 2018
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) January 23, 2018