(National Sentinel) Gauntlet Thrown: The chairman of the House Freedom Caucus pledged on Tuesday that his members could not and would not support granting amnesty to hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. years ago by parents.
Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., says he doesn’t believe there should be a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) amnesty deal contained within the government funding bill coming up this month.
The move aims to take away from Democrats government shutdown leverage over DACA, which President Donald J. Trump appeared to allude to in a Tuesday morning tweet.
“Democrats are doing nothing for DACA – just interested in politics. DACA activists and Hispanics will go hard against Dems, will start ‘falling in love’ with Republicans and their President! We are about RESULTS.” he tweeted.
In an interview with MSNBC, Meadows said a DACA deal is in the works and currently under discussion.
“We have been working closely with the administration and some of my Democrat colleagues, even some Republicans that perhaps are more moderate than I would be, because the president set a deadline in March to deal with the 674,000 people that had deferred action,” Meadows said.
“So, we’re going to get a deal. We have been working behind the scenes not only with members but with the White House as well to try to do that. But the president has been very specific on what he wants to see.”
The North Carolina Republican also said there are three “critically important” components to any DACA deal: Trump’s planned border wall with Mexico, an end to chain migration, and ending the visa lottery. Also included are Republican demands for increased border and interior enforcement of immigration laws.
Trump also laid out those conditions on Twitter last week.
“If you deal with those 600,000 individuals without changing the fundamental reason why they are here and the fact that — we’ll just be dealing with it again,” Meadows added.
“You have seen previous administrations, both Democrat and Republican, try to deal with it. And they have never been able to deal with it. Let’s go ahead, once and for all. Let’s do something historic and make sure we address it.”