Trump Says ‘Many Hispanics’ Will Join GOP Over DACA–Which Trump Himself Pushed Against
Donald Trump continued to make his case on the shutdown showdown Sunday morning by insisting that “many Hispanics” will come to “the Republican side” over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, which Trump himself has indicated would not be part of the negotiations.
On Sunday morning, Trump tweeted that “Democrats are saying that DACA is not worth it and don’t want to include in talks. Many Hispanics will be coming over to the Republican side, watch!”
Democrats are saying that DACA is not worth it and don’t want to include in talks. Many Hispanics will be coming over to the Republican side, watch!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 13, 2019
But for several weeks, it has been Trump who has stated that he would rather wait until the Supreme Court rules on his executive order rescinding DACA before he would consider negotiating over the policy.
As recently as January 6, Trump told reporters that he would like to wait for such a ruling before negotiating on DACA.
“I would consider DACA, but I think we’d complicate it,” Trump told reporters during an impromptu gaggle on the South Lawn of the White House. “I’d rather have the Supreme Court rule and then work with the Democrats on DACA. I want to help with DACA, but I’d rather have — because, you know, it’s going to be before the Supreme Court very soon. And rather than doing something with DACA — now, frankly, I’d rather work with the Democrats. Let the Supreme Court rule first.”
But during a photo op in Texas Thursday, Trump indicated a willingness to make a deal on DACA “simultaneously” with a deal on wall funding. Trump was asked “are you saying you would only consider a broader immigration agreement after you get the wall money?”
“No, I would do it simultaneously, but I’d like to see them move fast,” Trump replied.
But Democrats say they are suspicious of any such deal because Trump agreed to such a trade last year, and then walked away from it.
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