WashPost: Dems Voted for Barriers Twice in Past, But Blocking Trump's Wall

Javier Stokes
January 7, 2018

"Where I don't understand the pushback is, in 2013 if everybody was for the 700 miles of double fencing, but now they're not for it because Trump calls it a wall - to me that does not make sense", said Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, the labor union for the Border Patrol agents. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in early September announced that Trump was ending DACA and giving a gridlocked Congress until March 2018 to decide what happens to the 800,000-plus young people affected.

Republicans want action on Daca to proceed separately from budget negotiations but Democrats are hoping to tie the two in a rare moment of leverage for the minority party.

Trump has pressured Democrats in Congress to approve the funding in exchange for allowing undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, and who had been protected by the Obama-era program known as DACA, to remain.

The White House on Friday added the funding request to a list of prior conditions it sent to Congress in early October, including an end to chain migration policies and the diversity lottery, both of which Trump implicated in the wake of recent terror attacks on NY.

The wish list was delivered to Congress Friday, and shockingly, is an exact copy of a list of policies Democrats called a "non-starter" in October during other efforts to strike a bipartisan immigration deal in order to protect DACA recipients, leading many to suspect that this latest Trump administration effort could also derail bipartisan discussions.

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The requests complicate already strained negotiations between Republicans and Democrats.

At Camp David, Trump convened his cabinet and Republican leaders to discuss, among a laundry list of legislative priorities, immigration.

The subject came up during a sit-down meeting with GOP lawmakers at the White House on Thursday.

Cornyn, in an interview on Fox News on Friday, said Trump would demand that an immigration deal address the visa lottery system and chain migration that unites family members. "With this demand, he seems to be heading in that direction", Durbin said in a statement.

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