The DACA debate is continuing in Congress, especially as a new deadline to fund the government approaches on February 8th and DACA protection is set to expire in March.
Questions remain about whether a bipartisan deal will be reached to offer protection to so-called “Dreamers.” President Trump said he supporters a deal to protect DACA recipients if it includes funding for a border wall.
But thus far, Democrats have signaled opposition to supporting anything that includes such a physical barrier.
Trump: “I’d love to see a shutdown.” pic.twitter.com/EE7TOmbj2X
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) February 6, 2018
When discussing the issue on Tuesday in Washington, President Trump was explicit in his plans moving forward.
“We’ll do a shutdown,” Trump said about the need to get his immigration measures passed. “And it’s worth it for our country. I’d love to see a shutdown if we don’t get this stuff taken care of. So we have to strengthen our borders, not by a little, by a lot.”
Comstock, Republican from Virginia district with lots of federal workers, pushes back when Trump welcomes shutdown.
“We don’t need a government shutdown on this,” Comstock says, stressing that both parties see downside of a shutdown.
“You can say what you want,” Trump retorts.
— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) February 6, 2018
“If we have to shut it down because the Democrats don’t want safety — and unrelated but still related, they don’t want to take care of our military — then shut it down, we’ll go with another shutdown.”
And again, @potus tells the pool he would shut down gov’t (reporters asked him again if that was his intention):
“If we don’t straighten out our border, we don’t have a country. Without borders we don’t have a country. So would I shut it down over this issue? Yes.”
— Elizabeth Landers (@ElizLanders) February 6, 2018
“If we don’t straighten out our border, we don’t have a country,” the president later told the White House pool. “Without borders we don’t have a country. So would I shut it down over this issue? Yes.”
When Chief of Staff John Kelly was asked about a possible extension of DACA earlier in the day, he said “I doubt very much” that it would be extended.
— ABC News (@ABC) February 6, 2018