We are not very encouraged to know that Republicans in Congress are “open to including a 3-year immigration fix” for DACA recipients, potentially including it on an omnibus spending package bill, IF Trumps agrees.
More of the same from spineless Republicans.
Yesterday, The White House apparently proposed a “three-for-three” offer, extending DACA for three years in exchange for three years of border wall funding.
DACA-DREAMers and advocates started negotiations seeking a permanent solution that would provide a path to citizenship for young immigrants brought as children in the USA and who have been vetted through the DACA program, without further repercussions for other categories of immigrants.
Their hopes quickly dimmed as the White House put several demands for their support, including billions for the border wall, the end of the visa lottery and setting limits to certain categories of legal immigration, among other immigration enforcement measures.
So much for working for a legislation “with a heart”.
Congressional Republicans capitulating to Trump’s high demands find the new three-for-three idea of a three-year DACA fix in exchange for wall funding worth considerating:
“I don’t have a problem with it, as long as it’s something the president wants, as opposed to us trying to force him into doing something,” said Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), a House Appropriations subcommittee chairman.
Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), a moderate who is retiring after this term, said that he would support a three-year fix, though it was not his preference.
“I’d rather do something else on DACA, I’d rather get a real bill,” he said.
But the White House hasn’t sent details, so it is not clear is a definite offer and if Trump is really behind it.
Others Congresspersons complain that there is no urgency to fix DACA as a result of 2 court decisions which had blocked Trump’s phase off.
On Thursday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi rejected the idea that Democrats would accept new border wall funding as part of the omnibus spending bill without more concessions from Republicans.
“Should we give a border wall for nothing? No, I don’t think so,” said Pelosi.
“When there was comprehensive immigration reform, which was bipartisan in the Senate and protected 11 million people, there were serious concessions made in the balance,” she said. “For nothing would we give the wall? No. What would be our motivation?”
With all these disagreements, the conversations are going nowhere, just as last December.