- President Donald Trump scolded Democrats for doing “nothing” to work on a “DACA fix” while he and Republicans head to West Virginia to discuss the issue.
- Democrats booed Trump’s immigration plan when he outlined it at the State of the Union address, but have yet to present a counter-proposal.
President Donald Trump broke a brief period of Twitter silence on Thursday morning to announce a trip to West Virginia – and to scold the Democrats’ top leadership.
“Heading to beautiful West Virginia to be with great members of the Republican Party. Will be planning Infrastructure and discussing Immigration and DACA, not easy when we have no support from the Democrats,” Trump tweeted, adding that tax reform passed in December without a single Democrat voting for it in the Senate.
“March 5th is rapidly approaching,” Trump tweeted, referencing the deadline to codify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, which allows children illegally brought into the US to stay.
“Democrats are doing nothing about DACA. They Resist, Blame, Complain and Obstruct – and do nothing. Start pushing Nancy Pelosi and the Dems to work out a DACA fix, NOW!” Trump concluded.
During Trump’s State of the Union address, he outlined a four-part plan for immigration reform that met with boos from Democratic congress members. Fact checkers found that Trump made misleading or false claims about the nature of some immigration programs during the speech, but his plan did offer a path to full citizenship for 1.8 million in the DACA program.
Democrats previously accepted promises from the White House that a deal over DACA could be made in the future when they agreed to end the government shutdown in January.
But Trump’s proposal also includes $US25 billion in funding for the construction of new segments of a border wall between the US and Mexico, which Trump describes as porous and a key entry point for criminals.
Additionally, Trump’s proposal for a $US1.5 trillion infrastructure renewal appears dead in the water.
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