There was a deal, and then there wasn’t a deal, and now there may be a deal. Here’s Trump this morning, per the press pool:
“We’re not looking at citizenship. We’re not looking at amnesty. We’re looking at allowing people to stay here… I just spoke with Paul Ryan, everybody’s on board.”
Uh, so he’s not going to let the DREAMer slide, but he is going is going to let them stay? Huh?
“Very important is the wall. We have to be sure the wall isn’t obstructed because without the wall I wouldn’t do anything… It doesn’t have to be here but they can’t obstruct the wall if its in a budget or anything else.”
BREAKING: Trump says `ultimately' border wall must be part of immigration deal; `If we don't have the wall, we're doing nothing.'— The Associated Press (@AP) September 14, 2017
So, for Trump, The Wall is crucial, but not necessarily as a part of this agreement, but he wants the Democrats to agree to not fight funding of the wall in any future budgets?
I’m sure that will go over well …
“The president made clear he intends to pursue [The Wall] at a later time. And we made clear we’d continue to oppose it… [the wall is] a medieval solution for a modern problem. A Game of Thrones idea for a world that is a lot closer to Star Wars.”
Well, that puts Trump in a bind.
Pelosi confirms Trump deal includes path to citizenship and no cuts to legal immigration.— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) September 14, 2017
Trump says no citizenship; Pelosi says citizenship. Did these people actually talk to each other?
Trump called McConnell this morning to discuss DACA and border security, per majority leader's office.— Sabrina Siddiqui (@SabrinaSiddiqui) September 14, 2017
McConnell is noncommittal: "We look forward to receiving the Trump administration’s legislative proposal" on DACA.— Sabrina Siddiqui (@SabrinaSiddiqui) September 14, 2017
So, to sum up: Trump wants to give amnesty to the DREAMers, but he doesn’t want to call it Amnesty. He doesn’t want to provide a path to citizenship, but Pelosi said he agreed to citizenship. Trump insists that funding on the wall be approved by the Democrats, and Paul Ryan is pushing a bill to fund the wall, but Chuck Schumer says the Democrats will not agree to funding for the Wall. Meanwhile, McConnell is like:
And former Speaker of the House John Boehner is like:
Got it? Cool, glad we’re all on the same page now.
p.s. How do you enforce this, Paul? Do they have, like, membership cards that you can check? Is this the honor system? Or will enforcement agents just decide whether they belong to MS13 based on what they look like?
Breaking news → the House just voted to make membership in a criminal street gang, like #MS13, a deportable offense.— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) September 14, 2017