Chris Chmielenski, NumbersUSA, September 8, 2017
Is Pres. Trump open to the DREAM Act amnesty with nothing in return? That’s what some media reports from the last 24 hours suggest.
Earlier this week, Pres. Trump cut a deal with Democratic leaders, Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, to fund the government for three months, raise the debt-limit, and provide hurricane relief for Texas. According to reports, this newly budding relationship between the president and the two top Democrats could lead to Congress passing a mass amnesty bill.
According to The Hill:
Schumer announced on the Senate floor Thursday morning that Trump called him and asked how he could help advance legislation that would protect from deportation an estimated 800,000 immigrants who came to the country illegally as children.
Schumer urged Trump to put pressure on McConnell and Ryan to bring the Dream Act, which would create a path to legal status for these immigrants, to the floor.
“He said he wanted to help in the Dream Act, and there are many ways to help,” Schumer said.
Reuters is reporting that Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner (Pres. Trump’s son-in-law) had met with Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) to discuss ways to protect the nearly 800,000 DACA recipients. Sen. Durbin is the top champion for the DREAM Act and recently introduced an updated version with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).
And Pres. Trump, himself, has been sending out mixed signals.
Tuesday, he urged Congress to “advance responsible immigration reform that puts American jobs and American security first” shortly after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the administration would rescind the DACA amnesty.
But he sent out a Tweet later that day saying that if Congress didn’t act on DACA, he would “revisit” the issue. He followed that up with another Tweet on Thursday telling DACA recipients that they have “nothing to worry about.” It’s been reported that Rep. Pelosi asked Pres. Trump to send out the second Tweet.