Here’s the TRUTH about the DACA deal that’s in the works

The Associated Press had some shocking news recently: Not only had President Donald Trump come up with a solution to DACA with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, but he gave them everything they wanted — plus he surrendered on the border wall.

Needless to say, it was shocking to see the headline, given that the border wall was a foundational issue of Trump’s campaign. And why wouldn’t he be able to get one constructed with Republicans in control of all levels of government?

One problem: The White House flat-out contradicts both Pelosi and Schumer. Shocking, right?

Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed yesterday that the border wall wasn’t even discussed in the negotiations.

After that, however, Trump made a number of comments about DACA that imply it’s something he wants to keep.

The BBC reports:

Leaving the White House on Thursday morning bound for Florida to see the damage from Hurricane Irma, Mr. Trump told journalists: “We’re working on a plan … subject to getting massive border control, we are working on a plan for DACA. People want to see that happen. He added: “So we met last night with, as you know, with Schumer, Pelosi and a whole group and I think we’re fairly close but we have to get massive border security.”

The president said the congressional Republican leadership were “on board” with the plan.

“The wall is going to be built,” he added. “It will be funded a little bit later.”

Mr. Trump said his administration was currently renovating large sections of the existing border wall and picking samples for the additional structure he proposes.

Perhaps trading DACA for a border wall would be an acceptable deal in a divided government — but not one in which Republicans control the presidency, the House of Representatives and the Senate. Needless to say, many of his biggest backers are angry.

Congressman Steve King of Iowa tweeted that, if the reports were true, the “Trump base is blown up, destroyed, irreparable and disillusioned beyond repair. No promise is credible.”

One of Mr Trump’s most fervent supporters, Ann Coulter, tweeted: “At this point, who DOESN’T want Trump impeached?”

Breitbart, the website run by Mr Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon, ran the headline, “Amnesty Don,” and accused the president of “a full-fledged cave”.

Last night, Tucker Carlson argued, in fact, that signing a DACA deal similar to the one described by Pelosi and Schumer would represent “massive” amnesty once the “dreamers'” family members were counted. And he added that it could signal the collapse of the GOP.

Again — what’s the need for a deal here?

[Note: This post was written by Matt Palumbo. He is a co-author of the new book A Paradoxical Alliance: Islam and the Left, and can be found on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]

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