President Trump on Tuesday pushed for military buildup and border security as key issues new negotiations to make permanent that DACA amnesty for illegal immigrant “Dreamers.”
Trump wrote on Twitter “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!”
Senate Democrats shut down the government for three days demanding an immediate fix for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA, the Obama-era amnesty to illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. The program, which courts ruled was improperly created, was cancelled by Mr. Trump and set to phase out in March. The issue became entwined in the spending debate that resulted in a shutdown. The deal struck on Monday re-opened the government with a new deadline of Feb 8th to extend government funding and address DACA.
The Dreamers have broad support on both sides of the aisle but Mr. Trump and Republican leaders are pushing for new immigration laws and more border security, including funding for a border wall, to prevent another Dreamer crisis in the future.