The Democrats hope to push through legislation to protect those in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, but President Donald Trump made it known today that will not happen unless there is funding for a wall and changes to our immigration system.

From The Washington Post:

Democrats, whiplashed for months by the president’s changing stances on DACA, reacted to the new positions by looking forward to next week’s negotiations with Republican congressional leaders and the White House.

“We’re not going to negotiate through the press and look forward to a serious negotiation at Wednesday’s meeting when we come back,” said Drew Hammill, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi’s press secretary.

Congress faces another financial situation next month in order to keep the government funded and running. The Democrats have demanded a protection for those in DACA, known as Dreamers, in any funding bill.

In September, Trump came to an agreement with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to amp up border security, but did not provide funding for a wall. It didn’t last long, though, since the White House wanted more in exchange for Dreamer protection.

Trump kicked DACA to Congress where the legislation should happen instead of a memo, which is how this program came to be during President Barack Obama’s administration. From The Washington Examiner:

Since then, Republicans and Democrats have been working to find some sort of legislative “fix” that would prevent all of the immigrants from being deported, but they left town earlier this month without including a DACA deal in a short-term government funding measure. Trump and Republicans have insisted on funding for a wall, but that has been a nonstarter with Democrats.

On December 12, Trump lashed out against the chain migration and visa lottery in our immigration system after a man set off a pipe bomb in the New York City subway. From The Washington Times:

“The first attacker came through the visa lottery and the second through chain migration. We’re going to end both of them,” the president said. “Congress must get involved immediately, and they are involved immediately. We’re going to end them fast.”

The 27-year-old suspect in Monday’s attack had been living in New York for about seven years and came to the U.S. from Bangladesh.

Akayed Ullah reportedly told police he was inspired by the Islamic State terror group.

The Department of Homeland Security said Mr. Ullah was admitted to the U.S. in 2011 on a family immigrant visa, benefitting from so-called “chain migration” that allows immigrants to bring multiple family members to the U.S.

Last week, Professor Jacobson ran a reader poll and asked what you guys think the DACA deal will look like. By two votes, you guys think that the deal will only be temporary legal status.

Leslie noted on December 10 that the border wall prototype testing has begun in the San Diego area. These tests “include how easily someone can go over, under, or through the walls.”

Here are a few of the lovely responses to Trump’s tweets:


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