Trump’s “wall” isn’t even that high on the list.
Negotiations in Congress over the fate of the nearly 700,000 unauthorized immigrants who are losing their deportation protections and work permits as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program ends are beginning to seem like an oddity of physics.
The closed-door talks among a handful of senators (led by Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Jeff Flake (R-AZ)) haven’t fallen apart — yet. But they’re moving at an impossibly slow rate. After months of discussion, no one has yet put forward a bipartisan bill or even a framework, so it’s difficult to see how they’re still moving forward.
Meanwhile, in public, the stances that the White House, Republican congressional leaders, and Democrats have taken appear irreconcilable. And Trump’s own statements have been all over the map.
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.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2018
Congress has twice asked the White House what its hard-and-fast demands are on a DACA deal, and on both occasions — in October and again on Friday — the White House’s response has been a wish list constituting a comprehensive crackdown on legal and unauthorized immigration. Last week, two Republican senators accused Democrats of being unwilling to make even moderate concessions on border security.
The public disagreements about policy are to some extent a mirage. On Monday, two House members offered up yet another bipartisan DACA bill — the fifth, by Vox reporter Tara Golshan’s count, that offers some vehicle to help DREAMers. If the DACA negotiations fall apart, it’s more likely to be because of Read More Here