Trump: No DACA Deal Without 'Desperately Needed Wall at the Southern Border'

By Susan Jones | January 2, 2018 | 6:06am EST
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meet with Dreamers who have received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status in the Oval Office, May 21, 2013. (White House Photo by Pete Souza)

( - Democrats have made DACA legislation a priority for 2018, but in a Dec. 29 tweet, President Trump indicated there will be no legal status for illegal aliens who came to this country as children unless he gets his long-promised border wall.

"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!" Trump tweeted last Friday.

And then on Tuesday, the first working day of 2018, Trump made this claim: "Democrats are doing nothing for DACA - just interested in politics.  DACA activists and Hispanics will go hard against Dems, will start 'falling in love' with Republicans and their President! We are about RESULTS."

Appearing on CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday, two Democrats said the DACA legislation must be "clean" -- not tied to a border wall.

Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) said the hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens who signed up for temporarly legal status are "desperate" as the program nears an end under President Trump:

"They have spent a lifetime here," Dingell said. "We should not be bogging down (DACA legislation) with subjects we need to talk about. Border security is important. How we do it, we probably need to have lot of discussion."

Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) described Trump's proposed border wall as "an incredible waste of resources," and he described the DACA enrollees as "cultural Americans."

"They know no other way of life than being here," Crowley said. "And they love this country and they want to remain here in the United States.

"And what the president is saying, in order to do that, we have to bill a $40 billion wall that you can`t drive on, you can`t live in. And it's an incredible waste of American resources."

Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) told "Face the Nation" that "nobody is talking about deporting a million kids."

Hurd said Republicans and Democrats can find "smart solutions" on border security, while also solving the dreamers' problem "in a narrow fashion."

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told "Face the Nation" that "there is a deal to be had" on DACA: "The dreamers can have the life they dreamed of if the Democrats and Republicans can give. We need the wall, not a complete 2,200-mile wall. We need border security. Marry that up with the DREAM Act. There`s a deal to be had on immigration. And I want to do it in January. I don`t want to wait until March."

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