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.

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.”


“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.”

“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.