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Donald Trump to consider border security funding in exchange for DACA

December 31, 2018

  According to this story Donald Trump is considering compromise legislation co-sponsored by Lindsey Graham which would provide $5 billion in border security funding in return for DACA.

  Here is more:

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina urged the White House and Democrats to consider supporting what he called a “breakthrough” compromise on immigration that would allow President Trump to secure his $5 billion demand for border security funds and also codify protections for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders. 

“I don’t see Democrats giving us more money, unless they get something,” Graham told reporters outside the White House Sunday afternoon after a two-hour lunch with the president.

Graham said he proposed the idea to Mr. Trump, who he said called it “interesting.” He said the deal would entail the White House supporting the Bridge Act, a bill Graham co-sponsored to grant DACA recipients three-year work permits, as well as legislation to extend the legal status of TPS holders. In exchange, Democrats would need to support a spending measure that includes $5 billion in funding for border security. 

“I think that’s in the realm of possibility. The president didn’t commit, but I think he’s very open minded. I know there’s some Democrats out there who would be willing to provide money for a wall, border security if we could deal with the DACA population and TPS people,” Graham said. 

   If this sounds familiar it probably should because it was nearly a year ago to the day that Donald Trump floated this idea only to be rejected by the Democrats for partisan political reasons. Why should we expect anything to be different now? 

 Notice that technically this is funding for “border security” and not necessarily a physical border wall? As I said last year when this same basic proposal was first introduced, this might be the best we can hope for. But will this be enough to mollify Trump supporters who are adamant that nothing but a physical wall will do–not to mention what they will perceive as a cave on DACA?

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 31, 2018 1:03 pm

    Depends which come first….DACA or the Wall… and I will keep my eye on all the other VISA’s that turn into other things as doubt they will be buried.

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    • January 1, 2019 8:43 am

      We have learned from experience not to rely on the promises of Democrats. If DACA comes first that will be the end of it.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. petermc3 permalink
    December 31, 2018 5:55 pm

    Bend over Amerika…

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