Mexico City, Mexico — In among his list of immigration wishes, Donald Trump is now demanding congress pay for his border wall since Mexico won’t. He also wants funding stopped for places he calls sanctuary cities for undocumented immigrants.
Ron Vitiello, acting deputy commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection says “We are recommending the construction of a border wall along our southern border which will be an invaluable tool to deter human trafficking, drug trafficking and the spread of deadly cartel violence.”
Democrats immediately balked at the conservative wish list of priorities, especially since they believe they had forged a deal with Trump earlier that Dreamers would not be held ransom for a border wall.
However Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said in a joint statement, “We told the President at our meeting that we were open to reasonable border security measures alongside the DREAM Act, but this list goes so far beyond what is reasonable.
“This proposal fails to represent any attempt at compromise. The list includes the wall, which was explicitly ruled out of the negotiations. If the President was serious about protecting the Dreamers, his staff has not made a good faith effort to do so.”
Earlier in the year, Trump announced his intention to eliminate the Obama deportation protection program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA. The program offered protection for those who were brought to the country illegally as children.
Instead of offering the nearly 800,000 immigrants a chance at US citizenship, they hinted at possibly offering legal status.
“We are not interested in granting citizenship,” a White House official said.