Trump prefers government shutdown in absence of DACA wall deal

The Daily 202: Short-term spending bills epitomize congressional dysfunction and hurt the military

White House Praises Senate Budget Deal

Most of those who spoke about the White House's frustrations did so on the condition of anonymity. "If D's oppose this deal, they aren't serious about DACA-they just want open borders".

"Lazy" was how Kelly described immigrants who were eligible to apply for deportation protections and work permits under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, but who didn't have protections at the time Trump shut the program to new applicants in September 2017.

Democrats have pushed hard to tie immigration to the funding fight, and Republicans blamed the opposition party for triggering a three-day government shutdown over the issue last month.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, the top Republican in the chamber, said the House would consider only a bill that Trump supports. "And then it went away".

The Office of Management and Budget sent word to federal agencies that they should prepare for a "limited shutdown" of perhaps a few hours while Congress gives final approval to the spending bill. "I think he probably feels very close to furious that the administration gets blamed by a bunch of people who can't get the job done".

"If we don't change the legislation, get rid of these loopholes where killers come into our country and continue to kill ... if we don't change it, let's have a shutdown".

"I'd love to see a shutdown if we don't get this stuff taken care of", he added.

This is despite the fact that Democrats and Republicans in the senate say they plan to deal with "Dreamers", those brought to the USA illegally as children, in a separate bill, separate from the budget negotiations that are underway.

The Daily 202: Short-term spending bills epitomize congressional dysfunction and hurt the military
Senate Leaders Agree on 2-Year Budget Bill (The Hill

The House passed a measure Tuesday evening to fund the government until March 23, while also providing a full year of defense spending. Many were sheepish or even angry about the bushels of dollars for Democratic priorities and the return next year of US$1 trillion-plus deficits. The longer the immigration saga drags on, the longer it will take to pivot to other issues and the fall midterms.

"We will solve this DACA problem", Ryan said just before the vote. "It makes it hard to move onto other things".

There's just one thing that could unpick the deadlock. We're going to get the wall.

Trump has said any immigration deal must also include funding for his long-promised wall along the U.S. -Mexico border, along with changes to programs for legal immigration that would assess applicants on their skills, rather than their country of origin or ties to U.S. residents.

In addition to funding for the border wall, Trump wants to end the United States visa lottery programme and family reunification provisions that allow people who obtain a visa to bring spouses, parents and extended family members into the US.

Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, chairwoman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said Thursday that Democrats may have enough leverage to force Ryan's hand. "That is what the U.S. Congress is supposed to do. I didn't come up here to be liked", Paul said. A federal judge has indefinitely blocked Trump from terminating the program's protections, blunting the deadline's immediate impact.

"There's a drop in temperature in the need to do this", said a senior GOP aide.

As reported by ABC News on February 6, Donald Trump introduced members of law enforcement, including Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and ICE Agent Angel Melendez. But the president's immigration plan faces difficulties from both sides of the aisle.

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