Just last week we warned that semi-secret negotiations have been underway over the holidays to grant some sort of amnesty to the nearly one-million illegal immigrant youth in the country.
While DC is distracted by the sideshow over Fire and Fury and the feud between Steve Bannon and the White House, several Capitol Hill insiders say that multiple versions of a deal between the president’s staff and Democrat and Republican congressmen could emerge in the next few days.
They predict that that deal will come far short of Trump’s insistence that a compromise includes funding for the wall.
Rest assured, no matter what the negotiations produce, there will be gnashing of teeth on both ends of the political spectrum.
Here’s more from Washington Examiner…
While Washington obsesses over a new book on White House intrigue, the Trump administration is reaching a critical point on the issue of immigration, one of the president’s top priorities and the subject of his most often-repeated campaign promises.
There are multiple moving parts: The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a border wall, chain migration, the visa lottery, and — hanging over it all — funding the government. But everything hinges on DACA, unilaterally imposed by Barack Obama to temporarily legalize nearly 800,000 people who were brought to the U.S. illegally when they were young.
When President Trump rescinded DACA last Sept. 5, he delayed implementation for six months to give Congress time to come up with some sort of solution for the so-called Dreamers. That means lawmakers need to act by March 5 or face a decidedly uncertain future.
Nearly everyone on Capitol Hill wants a fix that results in legalization for the Dreamers. Democrats want to legalize right away, straight up, no strings attached. But Trump and most Republicans want a deal: immigration reforms — the wall, chain migration, visa lottery — in exchange for legalization.