WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Trump administration has drawn a red line in the sand when it comes to demands from Democrats regarding DACA. No wall? No DACA. It’s that simple.
Appearing on Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom,” White House aide Kellyanne Conway said President Donald Trump has made it very clear to Democrats there would be “no DACA without funding for the wall.”
“This president won in part on taking a tough stand against illegal immigrants just coming over the border,” said Conway. “People want to know that our borders are secure, and this president has a 70-point immigration plan. I know people on the left want to boil it down to DACA and DACA alone. He put out a 70-point immigration plan. Read it. it is there for you to see and transparent.”
“The president has made very clear, and he hasn’t wavered that there is no DACA without funding for the wall, Conway continued. “The wall is to be built. He made that promise. It has begun and very important for folks to see tangibly that we are getting tougher on border security. The president has also made very clear his immigration vision includes an end to chain migration, an end to the visa lottery program and more ICA agents, immigration and border patrol agents at the border so that the men and women there who bravely do their work every day have more support and resources. He has talked about a merit-based immigration system. So it’s a very comprehensive plan that people should look at and not boil it down to just DACA. Democrats know how he feels about this.”
The president’s touch stance on the issue follows an end of year meeting between Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California which took place in late December in which the pair demanded that President Trump protect the Obama-era program that allows children brought to the US illegally to stay in the country.
The president, however, who campaigned heavily on a promise to build a secured border wall dividing the United States from Mexico, said he refuses to grant demands on DACA until full funding is approved to build the wall.
In September of 2017, Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, permitting a six-month delay to allow Congress to pass legislation protecting those who had arrived in the U.S. as children.
Congressional Republicans have said they would support some form of legislation to protect so called “Dreamers”, but would want it paired with tighter border security measures.