President Donald Trump repeatedly saidthat funding for the border wall would need to be included in the deal, and Schumer argued for DACA to be included, as well.
In the end, Schumer gave in to a plan where Democrats would accept a deal to end the shutdown in exchange for opening negotiations on DACA. The vote landed at 81-18.
Now Trump has issued a statement saying that Democrats had finally “come to their senses” to fund the military, border patrol, first responders, and insurance for vulnerable children. He then said his administration would “work toward solving the problem of very unfair illegal immigration,” but only if “it is good for our country.”
Read the full statement:
On potential DACA legislation following shutdown compromise, Pres. Trump says, “We will make a long-term deal on immigration if, and only if, it is good for our country.” https://t.co/3rfvHKgPwZ pic.twitter.com/UKUakXn9fJ
— ABC News (@ABC) January 22, 2018
It will be interesting to see how Trump defines immigration reform in terms of what “is good for our country” going forward.
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