Words by Roman White
With the ongoing debate on An immigration bill between President Trump and members of Congress — Trump hints that there is some light at the end of the tunnel for DACA recipients otherwise known as Dreamers. The argument at the federal level has been about funding the Border Wall at the Mexican border and providing amnesty to Dreamers. This lack of compromise led to a three day shutdown which started on the one year anniversary of Trump’s inauguration.
In an impromptu off camera interview with the President, White House reporters asked President Trump about his future plans for Dreamers. The President said that there is hope for DACA, and that DACA recipients should have a 10-12 year path to citizenship in the United States.
On March 5th, hundreds of thousands of Dreamers will be subject to deportation although even that date is in question and could be pushed back after a federal judge ruled that DACA cannot end until the lawsuit against The Affordable Care Act or Obamacare is concluded. The White House was outraged by this ruling saying that the ruling was “outrageous.”
Congress passed a bill to end the shutdown and set a new date to come up with a spending bill for 2018. The new date is set for February 8th, and it seems like Congressional Democrats have gotten nowhere with the President. Just this week, New York Senator Chuck Schumer said that he has removed any support for money going toward Trump’s proposed Border Wall.
Schumer met with the President following the end of the shutdown to work on a bipartisan basis to make a deal on immigration, but Schumer suggested that the White House is asking for too much in regard to funding the Wall ultimately fueling his war with the President.
Trump is currently in Davos, Switzerland to meet with Global economic leaders so there are no immediate plans to address the immigration issue.