President Trump is using his customary strong rhetoric to drum up opposition to Democrats’ immigration schemes, which they are attempting to force into a government funding package. This morning on Twitter, Trump said:
Meeting with “Chuck and Nancy” today about keeping government open and working. Problem is they want illegal immigrants flooding into our Country unchecked, are weak on Crime and want to substantially RAISE Taxes. I don’t see a deal!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 28, 2017
There has been talk of a government shutdown over this conflict, particularly with regard to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, for awhile now.
But contrary to the president’s statement, Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) said in an interview with CNN over the past weekend that adding immigration measures to the funding bill is a possibility. Both senators implied that support for Dreamers must also involve stronger border protections.
But add in any attempts to address healthcare, along with Republicans’ hopes to pass a tax reform bill before the end of the legislative year—to which Democrats are also opposed—and things are not looking so tidy.
Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) told the Washington Post for their report on a potential shutdown situation, “I just say, be ready for a potentially wild month in December. This is going to get a bit complicated.”