President Trump said on Saturday during a press conference at Camp David with Republican leaders that he hopes to work out an arrangement with Democrats over DACA (Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals) and later added that he wants to tie DACA with some new funding for a border wall that is estimated to cost $18 billion, while getting rid of chained migration, the lottery system, and increasing funding for border security.
DACA is the acronym for Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals that allows children of immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally to received a 2 yr. renewable period of deferred action from deportation and to become eligible for a work permit.
On September 5, 2017 DACA was rescinded by the Trump administration, although it was delayed 6 months to give Congress more time to decide how to deal with this population.
President Trump said during the press conference on Saturday that he believes that Mexico will pay for the border wall, echoing an earlier campaign promise to his Republican base.
“Yes, Mexico will pay in some form for the wall” President Trump said.
Mexican political leaders have rejected President Trump’s claim that he will have Mexico pay for a new southern border wall.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vermont) said on ABC’s This Week With George Stephanopoulos that stronger border security is needed but he rejected President Trump’s plan to build an $ 18 billion border wall that may not even prove to be an effective solution to ensure border security.
“But the idea of spending some $ 18 billion on a wall that most people think will not do what he says it will do, does not make any sense” Sen. Sanders said.
Sen. Sanders later criticized Republican plans to spend $90 -100 billion in the next couple on the military while ignoring the needs of the middle class, veterans, and not reauthorizing the CHIP program which provides healthcare for 9 million children from mostly low income families.
“We’ve got to get our priorities right, and giving tax breaks to billionaires, throwing millions of people off of health insurance, is not what we should be doing. We’ve got to pay attention to the working families of this country, and that means that we got to protect their healthcare, we’ve got to make sure that young people in this country are not leaving school deeply in debt” Sen. Sanders said on ABC’s This Week.
Trump’s Fake News Awards Delayed Until Wednesday January 17th
President Trump tweeted on Sunday that he is delaying the Fake News Awards, a new mysterious awards ceremony he will present to the “most corrupt & biased of the Mainstream Media.”
The Fake News Awards was originally scheduled for Monday 1/8/18 but will now be delayed until Wednesday January 17th.
The Fake News Awards, those going to the most corrupt & biased of the Mainstream Media, will be presented to the losers on Wednesday, January 17th, rather than this coming Monday. The interest in, and importance of, these awards is far greater than anyone could have anticipated!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 7, 2018
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