Cornyn Says Democrats Hold Spending Bill Hostage on Immigration

Cornyn Says Democrats Hold Spending Bill Hostage on Immigration

Cornyn Says Democrats Hold Spending Bill Hostage on Immigration

Democrats face a political challenge ahead if they cut a deal to protect Dreamers this month: Explaining how they gave President Donald Trump the "wall" their party faithful loathe. "And if you take it that further step, I'll take the heat, I don't care". Trump past year ended the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which shielded more than 700,000 people from deportation and gave them the right to work legally. Democrats and Republicans are set to resume negotiations Wednesday.

Trump said he would sign any bill that gives legal status to undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children as long as it had the border security protections he has sought, including funding for a border wall. So if we're not going to tackle the problem of home-grown domestic terrorist that walk into a church and shoot up people, or walk into an elementary school or a movie theater, then why the hell should we spend $33 billion to keep out one or two people who may or may not be unsafe?

Several Republicans pushed back at different points during the negotiations, including Rep. Kevin McCarthy, who said that no deal on Dreamers could be reached without attaching border security measures to it. "If they come to me with things I'm not in love with, I'm going to do it". This border wall is not only a waste of money, it is a bullhorn, not just a dog whistle, but a freakin' bull horn, to white nationalist all over the United States letting them know that they have a president that's got their back, and that's disgusting.

Now Trump has called for an initial $18 billion in us taxpayer funding for the wall, a proposal Democrats uniformly are opposed to, along with some Republican lawmakers.

As Congress and the White House negotiate a deal to legalize almost 800,000 undocumented DREAMers brought to the children, they aren't facing the usual pressure from hard-line groups lobbying for lower immigration levels.

"Maybe we can do something", Trump said.

Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC urged President Trump Tuesday to back his efforts to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

"We don't oppose building a wall, but that's certainly not our first priority", said Eric Ruark, director of research at NumbersUSA.

"You are not that far away from comprehensive immigration reform", he told Senator Lindsey Graham, after the Republican senator floated the idea of more sweeping legislation. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, asked Trump if he would support a "clean" DACA bill now with a commitment to pursue a comprehensive immigration overhaul later.

What a "wall" would look like has been the subject of debate among Republicans.

Dick Durbin of IL, the No.2 Democrat in the Senate, has criticized the request made by the administration for wall and border security spending. "I don't think it's going to be that complicated".

The discussions are taking place in the aftermath of Trump's public blow-up with former campaign and White House adviser Steve Bannon, one of the architects of Trump's calls for the border wall.

Trump has been reiterating his demands in recent days, seeking various immigration changes, including a fortified wall at the U.S. -Mexico border, an end to a diversity visa lottery system and an end to family-based immigration policies.

"The president exhibited, I thought, quite a bit of flexibility when the cameras weren't there in terms of what we do in this phase and the next phase - and an acknowledgment that a lot of things we want to do are going to be part of a comprehensive bill but not now", said Sen.

Kelly often discussed being open to meeting with Democrats as much as Republicans, and spoke of sympathy toward the DACA population. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., one of the attendees.

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