Since the holiday season came to a close, Democratic lawmakers have been busy behind the scenes negotiating a consensus agreement among themselves so that they can present a unified push for DACA Amnesty, and open borders.
Concerningly, certain members of the Trump Administration and White House staff have been involved also. Both members of the House and the Senate were unable to close 2017 with any definitive legislative action on the topic of amnesty and immigration, with most action coming from the Trump Administration.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader Charles Schumer, Speaker Paul Ryan Nancy Pelosi, have been expecting to meet the top officials from the White House to outline the battle lines of the coming policy fight.
The stakes is even higher for the White House, as the President himself is involved in the immigration policy battles and is demanding proper funding for the U.S. Mexico border wall.
In a tweet, the President said, “The Democrats have been told, and fully understand, that there can be no DACA without the desperately needed WALL at the Southern Border and an END to the horrible Chain Migration & ridiculous Lottery System of Immigration etc. We must protect our Country at all cost!”
This requirement will certainly complicate the negotiation process, as the proposed funding is not likely to garner a majority of votes in the Senate.
RINO Senator Jeff Flake said that Congress would pass up a legislative fix for the DACA program, which “beefs up border security, stops chain migration for the DREAMERS, and addresses the unfairness of the diversity lottery.” Adding that, “If POTUS wants to protect these kids, we want to help him keep that promise.”
Conservative lawmakers are also pushing for certain policy goals – the end of the corrupt chain migration system. They want to see pragmatic, and national security informed limits on how many 3rd worlders that immigrants and refugees are allowed to drag in behind them.
The lawmakers involved in the negotiation process are hopeful that they might have a deal by the end of January, thought that seems optimistic. “My preference obviously would be to do it earlier in January and attach it to the must pass omnibus bill. That’s just me. … We just need more time [and] we’ll run out of runway if we try to do it the end of February,” Jeff Flake said.
On the other hand, the GOP leadership in the Senate have promised that if the lawmakers manage to strike a deal that is agreeable to all parties, they would bring that deal as legislation for voting.
“There is a commitment to bring up a bill on the floor in January, but a bill does not currently exist so we have a lot of work we need to do,” said Sen. John Cornyn.
McConnell too downplayed that the Democrats would be able to use an upcoming slate of new and close fiscal deadlines to their advantages in the immigration fight.
“There isn’t that much of an emergency there. The president’s given us until March,” he said.