One of President Trump’s key campaign promises was to build a wall between Mexico and the United States in order to deter illegal immigration.
While Trump has been avidly fighting to fund construction of the wall, Democrats in Congress are making it difficult to “find room” in the budget for such a monumental project.
But while President Trump may finally have found a way to fund the wall, it comes with a catch.
President Trump recently restated his support for building the wall but claimed it would be part of a compromise with Democrats to legalize immigrants brought into the U.S. as children.
We need a wall in this country. You know it, I know it, everybody knows it,” Trump said during a press conference with Mitch McConnell on Monday. “We need a wall and that will be part of it.”
Trump was asked by ABC’s Jon Karl if he would insist that wall funding would be part of a deal with Democrats to provide a solution for DACA recipients.
The president pointed out that Mexico was “not doing particularly well” on stopping drugs and illegal immigration from coming into the United States, which was why it was a priority.
Trump also spoke about the wall during a cabinet meeting at the White House.
“We have a very good relationship with Mexico but there are a lot of problems, and we don’t want the drugs and we don’t want the crime, but we need the wall,” he said.
He also signaled his opposition to “chain migration,”
Recently, we’ve asked Congress to ensure that any proposed immigration reform ends chain migration,” he said. “It’s critical for creating a system that puts American workers and the American taxpayer first.”
Democrats have been pushing for President Trump to rescind his previous decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program ever since the decision was announced earlier this fall.
But if DACA was to remain, President Trump gave a litany of conditions for the Democratic Party.
Trump not only wants stronger sanctions on green cards and harsher crackdowns on sanctuary cities, but he wants the wall built.
The administration’s proposals were met with rage by key Democrats in Congress, however.
Fox News reported:
“This proposal fails to represent any attempt at compromise,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a joint statement Sunday night.
“We told the president at our meeting that we were open to resonate border security measures… but this list goes so far beyond what is reasonable,” Pelosi added.
While Democrats in Congress are claiming to be angry with these proposals by Trump, if they accepted the compromise, DACA would remain in place and the border wall could finally be built.
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