Did Trump Make a DACA Deal With Democrats?

President Donald Trump surprised everyone recently when he chose to side with Congressional Democrats in supporting a short-term debt ceiling increase, despite his own party’s opposition. Now it appears the president may be doing it again, with a potential new immigration deal.

But is President Trump really doing an “about-face” on some of his key campaign promises, or is this just another attempt to grab some positive news coverage — and stick it to the GOP?

It has been less than two weeks since the president announced his intention to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. The act allowed those who were brought into the country as children — DREAMers — to stay in the country despite not being legal citizens. The president offered a timeline of six months, after which DREAMers could potentially be deported back to their countries of origin — even if they have no memories of their previous homes.

Both Democrats and a number of Republicans heavily criticized the announcement. Meanwhile, the anti-immigration wing of the GOP, some of President Trump’s biggest supporters, enthusiastically applauded his decision. Now those same individuals are fuming to hear that the president may reverse his new policy after meeting with Democrats.

“Democratic leaders on Wednesday night declared that they had a deal with President Trump to quickly extend protections for young undocumented immigrants and to finalize a border security package that does not include the president’s proposed wall,” reports the New York Times. ”The Democrats, Senator Chuck Schumer and Representative Nancy Pelosi, said in a joint statement that they had a ‘very productive’ dinner meeting with the president at the White House that focused on the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. ‘We agreed to enshrine the protections of DACA into law quickly, and to work out a package of border security, excluding the wall, that’s acceptable to both sides,’ they said.”

Democrats may believe they are on the verge of a deal, but the question remains up in the air as to whether the White House agrees with that sentiment. First the president adamantly insisted that no deal had been made – and that, regardless of what anyone said, he would still construct a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. Then President Trump told reporters that a deal was in the works – and that wall funding wasn’t included.

Whichever way he lands, the president has definitely incurred the wrath of his xenophobic base.

“Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), one of the GOP’s biggest immigration hawks, issued a dramatic warning to the president after he scrolled through news reports. ‘If AP is correct, Trump base is blown up, destroyed, irreparable, and disillusioned beyond repair,’ King tweeted, referencing an Associated Press story on the bipartisan agreement. He added, ‘No promise is credible,’” reports the Washington Post. “Conservative radio talk show host Laura Ingraham, who is friendly with Trump, mocked him for seeming to shelve the pledge that has animated his supporters since his campaign’s launch. ‘Exactly what @realDonaldTrump campaigned on. Not,’ Ingraham wrote on Twitter. She later added, ‘BUILD THE WALL! BUILD THE WALL! … or … maybe … not really.’”

Perhaps the most overwrought reaction out there, however, came from conservative columnist Ann Coulter, who appears to be calling on people to take up arms against the president.

“Ann Coulter, another conservative commentator, posted her own flurry of tweets and retweets slamming the president,” Politico reports. “Just after 1 a.m. Thursday morning, Coulter wrote online that ‘not to keep score or anything, but the American Revolution was fought and won over vastly lesser perfidy.’ Hours later, she linked to Trump’s Thursday morning tweet in which he wrote that dreamers ‘have been in our country for many years through no fault of their own,’ adding her own commentary, ‘At this point, who DOESN’T want Trump impeached?’”

While the president and Democrats may have reached some sort of agreement, whatever they draft will still need to pass a Republican Senate and House, too.

But given that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has already shown sympathy and support for DACA, it would become primarily the job of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to try to block it — and he simply may not have that effort in him. Besides, placing this burden on the president and the Democrats allows many Republicans to shrug their shoulders and let immigration protections be enacted without worrying that their own constituents will blame them for the change.

Could the the DREAM Act finally become a legislative reality? It’s still difficult to tell. After all, it’s President Donald Trump at the helm. And if we learned nothing else in the last nine months, he’s a man who definitely loves to change his mind.

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34 comments

Jamie Clemons
Jamie C2 months ago

Why do you think he wouldn't? He may be an idiot but he isn't as bad as some of the mainstream republicans would be.

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Philippa P
Philippa Powers2 months ago

Thanks.

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Cruel J
Cruel J2 months ago

The DICKtator may make deals, but he doesn't keep his word.

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Winn A
Winn A2 months ago

I doubt he can actually remember the meeting? He just makes things up from one moment to the next. He's living with ET and Peter Pan in Never, Never Land.

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Danuta W
Danuta W2 months ago

Thanks for sharing

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Marianne C
Marianne C2 months ago

He probably DID agree to a deal -- to their faces. But the minute someone else said something negative about it, it didn't happen. That's pretty much the way his mind -- such as it is -- works.

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E2 months ago

@ Paul B
Step away from fox news and their kool aide

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Barbara V
Barbara V2 months ago

I think the emphasis had better be placed on his Russian dealings. Why are feet dragging on this issue, which is extremely important where that dirt bag is concerned?

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Mike K
Mike Kely2 months ago

Surely we can trust Donald J. Trump to keep the deal he made with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. I mean when has Donald J. Trump ever lied?

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Lenore K
Lenore K2 months ago

ok

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