Trump: If We Win Daca Case, We’ll be Able to Ink Deal on ‘Dreamers’, Border Wall

Wednesday, January 2, 2019
By Paul Martin

RT.com
02.01.2019

President Trump has been deadlocked in negotiations with the Democrats and some Republicans over plans to spend $5 billion on the construction of a border wall along the US-Mexico border; the standoff has led to the partial shutdown of the federal government.

On Wednesday, Donald Trump said that US Immigration and Border Patrol officials will make a plea backing the wall at a White House meeting with lawmakers. The US president stressed that he is willing to keep working on the legal status for so-called Dreamers.

The president stressed that “if we win Daca case, we’ll be able to make a deal easily on Dreamers and the wall.”

Trump has been a fierce opponent of DACA, an Obama-era program temporarily protecting undocumented child migrants upon their arrival in the US. The children who are eligible for the programme have been called Dreamers. By the time Trump announced his decision to renounce the program in September 2017, 787,580 had been granted approval under DACA. However, Trump’s attempts to end the programme have been blocked by courts.

Trump’s statement comes in the wake of an anticipated meeting of congressional leaders at the White House, devoted to border security, where the leaders of the two major parties and chambers of Congress will be present. This is expected to be the first time Trump will meet Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer in over three weeks.

Department of Homeland Security officials are expected to brief congressional leaders ahead of the meeting. Kirstjen Nielsen, United States Secretary of Homeland Security, has advocated for enhanced border security measures ahead of the meeting, noting that illegal migrants pose as families to make their way into the US.

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