President Donald Trump is open to short-term deal on protecting some young immigrants facing deportation in exchange for border wall funding, according to two people familiar with the discussions.
Trump’s desire to clinch several years of wall funding in exchange for protections for Dreamers would be part of a massive, must pass spending bill to fund the government through September. It has been communicated by White House officials to House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other GOP leaders, according to one of the people familiar with the discussions.
Senate Homeland Security Chairman Ron Johnson of Wisconsin confirmed “there’s been a lot of talk” about an immigration compromise in the omnibus spending bill and said he’d support it.
But putting it a government funding bill next week could prove tricky, especially since there is no longer a deadline on the expiring Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals program.
“I don’t think this is going to be the resolution of the DACA issue,” said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas). “I just don’t see the DACA issue being resolved in the next week.”
Some Republicans worry the late push from the White House could be set back weeks of work on the omnibus package. Work on the spending bill is nearing conclusion and a late effort to inject a fight over immigration could topple the bill, they fear.
The Washington Post first reported the push from the White House.