In more news on immigration, President Trump is meeting with Republican and Democratic lawmakers at the White House today to debate funding for Trump’s border wall and the future of nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants known as DREAMers. Trump is demanding $33 billion over a decade to fund the expansion of the militarized border wall and to hire 10,000 additional immigration agents. In exchange, he’s proposing Congress authorize protections for the undocumented young people who had been protected under DACA—that’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals—before Trump rescinded the Obama-era policy late last year. Immigrant rights groups and Democratic lawmakers have slammed Trump for trying to use the DREAMers in order to win his far-right, anti-immigrant demands. White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, who was formerly the secretary of homeland security, has been in charge of reaching out to lawmakers for the talks and will be at today’s meeting. Over the weekend, while speaking at a press conference at Camp David, President Trump vowed there will be no resolution on DACA without billions of dollars in funding for the border wall.
President Donald Trump: “We want the wall. The wall is going to happen, or we’re not going to have DACA.”