Trump Says He Might Veto Omnibus Because Democrats ‘Totally Abandoned’ DACA Recipients

President Donald Trump said he might veto the House’s newly-passed omnibus spending bill amid both parties’ inability to reach a deal on recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

Trump blamed Democrats for failing to reach a deal after months of negotiation. “DACA recipients have been totally abandoned by the Democrats (not even mentioned in Bill),” he said.

Blaming Democrats is a tactic Trump has repeatedly taken in an apparent effort to shift responsibility for DACA recipients’ insecure status in the country.

Negotiators, according to Politico, tried to include immigration reform in the omnibus bill but were unable to reach an agreement as Trump wanted a border wall that Democrats refused to fund unless Republicans gave “Dreamers” a path to citizenship.

But Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said the spending bill was never meant for immigration reform in the first place.

“This bill was never going to be the vehicle to deal with that,” he said. “If you put something with legal status on this bill, you lose a flood of Republican House members. And Democrats are not going to give you $25 billion of wall for temporary status for DACA.”

In response to Trump’s tweet, Sen. Bob Corker (D-Tenn.) encouraged him and suggested spending levels were “totally irresponsible”:

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), who ran with Trump’s opponent during the 2016 presidential race, seemed to deride the president’s statement:

After the Trump administration ended DACA last year and gave Congress a six-month timeframe to craft a solution, the program technically expired in lieu of a viable immigration compromise.

The Department of Homeland Security seemed to reassure recipients, however, when it said earlier this month that recipients weren’t priority targets for immigration enforcement.

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