(National Sentinel) Immigration Reformed: President Donald J. Trump has signaled a willingness to codify the Obama-era DACA program into immigration law, but he has sent word to Democrats he won’t sign any legislation that does not include his demands.
As he has long stated, Trump wants funding for his border wall, an end to chain migration and the current visa lottery program, Axios reports.
The Senate has begun debating immigration reform that is most likely to include a path to citizenship for current DACA program participants, but not the provisions that Trump seeks, the political news site noted.
Under current Senate rules, it takes 60 votes to approve legislation.
Negotiations on DACA have begun. Republicans want to make a deal and Democrats say they want to make a deal. Wouldn’t it be great if we could finally, after so many years, solve the DACA puzzle. This will be our last chance, there will never be another opportunity! March 5th.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 13, 2018
“Negotiations on DACA have begun. Republicans want to make a deal and Democrats say they want to make a deal. Wouldn’t it be great if we could finally, after so many years, solve the DACA puzzle . This will be our last chance, there will never be another opportunity! March 5th,” Trump tweeted on Tuesday.
March 5th is the six-month deadline Trump gave Congress to come up with immigration reform legislation dealing with the DACA program after rescinding President Obama’s executive order that created it last fall. When he rescinded DACA, Trump said he did so in large part because he believed the Obama order was unconstitutional.
Democratic leaders in the House and Senate have rejected Trump’s demands outright, forcing the president to double down and insist that any legislation without border wall funding and provisions ending chain migration and the visa lottery will be a non-starter.
“The White House has claimed the mainstream, middle ground on immigration,” an administration official told Axios, intimating that the president’s approach to immigration reform is more popular with Americans.
“By opposing the president’s framework, Democrats are making it clear that they care more about donors than Dreamers,” the official added. “Democratic leaders are now catering to the far-left activist wing of their base.
“Democrats are selling out American workers for open borders … [T]he White House is making it clear that the Republican Party is the party of American workers,” the official said.
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