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Trump open to Dreamers relief legislation without wall funding: aide

By James Oliphant and Richard Cowan

 

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Alliance San Diego and other Pro-DACA supporters hold a protest rally, following U.S. President Donald Trump's DACA announcement, in front of San Diego County Administration Center in San Diego, California, U.S., September 5, 2017. REUTERS/John Gastaldo

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will not necessarily insist on including funding for a border wall with Mexico in legislation to address protections for children brought to the United States illegally, a senior aide said on Tuesday.

 

White House legislative director Marc Short, speaking to reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast, said the administration will lay out its priorities for a fix for the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in the next couple of weeks.

 

While Trump remains committed to his campaign promise to build the wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, “whether or not that is specifically part of a DACA package or a different legislative package, I am not going to prejudge here today,” Short said.

 

“I don’t want to bind ourselves into a construct that makes reaching a conclusion on DACA impossible,” Short said.

 

Short's comments were the latest signal that the Republican president wants to see if he can engage Democrats as well as Republicans in trying to enact his agenda.

 

On Tuesday evening, he is scheduled to have dinner with a bipartisan group of senators whose support he hopes to win on legislation to overhaul the tax code.

 

Democrats welcomed Short's DACA comments, saying they cleared away a major stumbling to legislation to help DACA recipients, known as Dreamers.

 

Democrats have insisted they will not allow border funding to be part of any legislation and would likely have the votes in the Senate to block a provision to which they objected.

 

"That's an important position because we cannot make a 2,200 mile (3,540 km) wall a condition for passing the Dream Act and we've been very clear from the start," said Senator Dick Durbin, a senior Democrat who has been working for the past 16 years to legislate protections for the Dreamers.

 

Democrats are willing to work with the White House and congressional Republicans on other border security measures as part of the legislation, Durbin added.

 

But Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, which seeks to limit legal and illegal immigration, criticized the potential shift on DACA, saying the White House forfeited leverage it needs to tighten border enforcement.

 

Krikorian said the administration seemed to be looking for an “escape hatch” on the controversial DACA program. "It does suggest how much Trump wants this DACA issue to go away,” he said.

 

Trump said last week he was ending an Obama-era program that protects from the deportation of immigrants brought illegally into the United States as children, but he gave U.S. lawmakers six months to act on the issue.

 

The move put the onus on Congress to address the nearly 800,000 Dreamers now facing uncertainty about their status in a country that for many is the only one they have known.

 

(Additional reporting by Jeff Mason and Amanda Becker in Washington; Editing Chizu Nomiyama and Jeffrey Benkoe)

 
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6 hours ago, webfact said:

U.S. President Donald Trump will not necessarily insist on including funding for a border wall with Mexico

Two hurricanes with more to follow during the season may require FEMA and disaster funding that will exceed the entire cost of the wall. It would be difficult to argue for both or give priority to the wall over redevelopment from natural disasters that directly affects Americans.

Trump may not have a lot of choice to insist on the wall.

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Anybody notice how when Trump seems to be backtracking on his promises, his supporters bravely and fearlessly protest? Me neither.

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Hey, Trump supporters, feeling betrayed yet?

Trump, top Democrats agree to work on deal to save DACA

President Trump and top Democratic leaders late Wednesday agreed to work out an agreement that would protect the nation’s “dreamers” from deportation and enact border security measures that don’t include building a physical wall, according to people familiar with the meeting.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/09/13/trump-top-democrats-agree-to-work-on-deal-to-save-daca/?pushid=59b9e5e5d4ac501c00000033&tid=notifi_push_breaking-news&utm_term=.63f386af22ca

Go Trump!

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16 hours ago, Srikcir said:

Two hurricanes with more to follow during the season may require FEMA and disaster funding that will exceed the entire cost of the wall. It would be difficult to argue for both or give priority to the wall over redevelopment from natural disasters that directly affects Americans.

Trump may not have a lot of choice to insist on the wall.

 

And as he seems to ignore, the wall will not really stop immigrants, they can no doubt find other ways, routes etc., to enter.

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35 minutes ago, funandsuninbangkok said:

Won't happen without the wall. Sure

 

The wall won't happen. Sure

 

There, fixed that for you.

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34 minutes ago, funandsuninbangkok said:

Won't happen without the wall. Sure

And, on the off chance that it does happen without the wall, will that change your opinion about the value of Trump's promises?

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13 minutes ago, ilostmypassword said:

And, on the off chance that it does happen without the wall, will that change your opinion about the value of Trump's promises?

Zero

 

he wont be reelected

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12 minutes ago, funandsuninbangkok said:

Zero

 

he wont be reelected

Well, you may have a point. I was believing it but then Breitbart seemed to support what I had earlier posted about Trump's capitulation. Given what we all know about Breitbart, the odds are that it isn't true, after all. I'd post a link but, as you know, that's not allowed.

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If the only piece of legislation Trump manages to get enacted is another illegal alien amnesty, his approval rating will go to 1 percent, with about the only people supporting him being Jared and Ivanka and their lawyers.

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1 hour ago, scorecard said:

the wall will not really stop immigrants

The Trump administration has yet to face the new reality for the main cause for undocumented immigrants in the US that has nothing to due with border security:

  • The nexus of illegal immigration into the U.S. has shifted away from the southwest border and into the country’s air and sea ports, where more than 54 million visitors checked in last year — and nearly 630,000 of them didn’t go home
  • more than 98.5% of those were admitted legally through airports and seaports

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/may/22/visa-overstays-biggest-problem-illegal-immigration/

 

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8 minutes ago, Srikcir said:

The Trump administration has yet to face the new reality for the main cause for undocumented immigrants in the US that has nothing to due with border security:

  • The nexus of illegal immigration into the U.S. has shifted away from the southwest border and into the country’s air and sea ports, where more than 54 million visitors checked in last year — and nearly 630,000 of them didn’t go home
  • more than 98.5% of those were admitted legally through airports and seaports

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/may/22/visa-overstays-biggest-problem-illegal-immigration/

 

The Trump administration has yet to face the reality of the primary avenues for importing drugs as well:

 

How do cartels get drugs into the US?

"Rear Admiral Christopher Tomney is director of Joint Interagency Task Force South for the US Coast Guard:"

 

"In the early days of this task force - and we've been around for 26 years -

we saw much higher movement using non-commercial aircraft to fly the drugs northwards."

 

"Now well over 95% of the drugs are moving on the water via container ships, non-commercial vessels,

pleasure boats, sail boats, fishing boats."

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-34934574

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In his latest attempt to piss off just about everyone, Trump has done a 180° turn on DREAMers, saying that they're wonderful people and should be allowed to stay in the USA.  In return, he wants some kind of win on border security and is willing to exclude border wall funding.

 

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Even die-hard Trump supporters are fuming about this.

 

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But perhaps the most telling reaction has come from r/The_Donald. This subreddit is meant for Trump’s most hardcore fans, and it often deletes any negative comments about Trump. Yet on Thursday morning, it was clear that a lot of Trump fans weren’t happy with news of the deal.  As of Thursday morning, one of the most upvoted comments on r/The_Donald in one of the big threads about the looming deal directly insulted Trump.

 

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