Dem demand for DACA expected to trigger shutdown


President Trump (Photo: Department of Defense)

President Trump (Photo: Department of Defense)

President Trump has done a lot of deal-cutting, but very little backing down, over the course of his first year in office.

Friday appeared to be no exception, as he summoned Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer to his office to talk about a deal for a continuing resolution to fund the government, but Schumer left without convincing the president to include protection for DACA recipients in the funding plan.

The House had approved essentially a straight funding plan on Thursday, and that was on the Senate floor for a vote just before Friday’s midnight Eastern deadline, but plans already were in place for a “shutdown.”

Trump’s administrators promised it would be unlike the 2013 shutdown under President Obama, when officials weaponized the move and put barriers in front of federally owned monuments even in Washington to try to prevent people from looking at them.

It also was expected to be fairly short.

The stumbling block has been Democrat demands for amnesty in the funding bill, a plan to protect those illegal aliens brought into the U.S. by the parents years ago and possibly even give them the constitutional rights of an American citizen.

Trump has said he’ll deal on that issue – along with provisions for a secure border, more border agents, funding for a wall, an end to chain migration and more.

Democrats insisted on getting their DACA protection – likely with the hope of turning hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens into Democrat voters in several key states before the 2018 midterms.

The proposal that was on the Senate floor would be for funding for four weeks, but Democrats have been refusing to support it. Even a few Republicans said they really were tired of short-term stopgap plans.

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