Trump Tells Democrats They Have to Compromise if They Want a DACA Fix

| FEB 1, 2018 | 7:37 PM

During a speech in West Virginia on Thursday, President Donald Trump said that if Democrats wanted legal protections for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, they would have to compromise and avoid filibustering a Senate plan that endorsed the proposals outlined in his immigration framework.

“We'll either have something that's fair and equitable and good and secure, or we're going to have nothing at all,” Trump said after admonishing Democrats to not filibuster the upcoming legislation. Trump's framework included a path to citizenship for 1.8 million immigrants but nonetheless might encounter opposition from Democrats opposed to his demand for funding for a southern border wall.

Trump indicated he offered such a “generous” number to see if Democrats were really interested in protecting DACA recipients:

“One of the reasons I gave a number that was, I thought, a very generous number was because I wanted to see whether or not they were interested in approving that. Because if they don't approve something within that sphere, that means, very simply, that they're not looking to approve it at all. They want to use it for an election issue, but it's now an election issue that will go to our benefit, not their benefit.”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) indicated last week that while he wanted citizenship for DACA recipients, who are called “Dreamers,” he thought the president used them “as a tool” to enact hard-line proposals:

Schumer claimed the plan “flies in the face of what most Americans believe,” a claim Trump seemed to push against during his Thursday speech.

“The Republican position on immigration is the center, mainstream view of the American people, with some extra strength at the border and security at the border added in,” Trump said.

“What we're asking for, and what the American people are pleading for, is sanity and common sense in our immigration system.”

Watch Trump's comments below, via Fox News.