Lindsey Graham: 'Trump Would Trade 700K Work Permits for $5B for Border Wall'
Graham’s deal is mostly centered around Trump winning the court case
Donald Trump met with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Sunday in which a new deal was suggested where the President would renew 700,000 work permits in exchange for $5 billion for border security.
The assumption upon Graham’s deal is mostly centered around Trump winning the court case currently working its way through the system.
The case concerns the legality of the administration’s decision to cancel former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
A California court blocked Trump's decision, and the ruling is waiting for an appeal decision before the Ninth Circuit.
Breitbart reports: There would be no deal in which Trump offered legal status to all DACA-eligible illegal aliens — those brought to the U.S. as minors, even if they did not apply for DACA status — according to Graham.
The veteran South Carolina Senator, a long-time advocate for immigration reform, said that even he would not provide DACA for $5 billion, because Democrats had refused to provide Trump with the full $25 billion requested for a border wall in return for legalization of all DACA-eligible illegal aliens earlier this year.
Meanwhile, Graham said, Democrats might pass a new budget resolution in the House when they formally take the majority on Thursday, to re-open those parts of the government that had been shut down.
But Trump would not sign it without at least $5 billion for border security. He suggested that the Senate would therefore never even consider that option.
“The president is firm in his commitment to making sure we get money for border security, and there will never be a 60-vote deal in the Senate that doesn’t include money for border security-slash-wall. And I don’t see Democrats giving us more money unless they get something,” he said (via CNN).
He added that the $5 billion would pay for “border security-slash-wall-slash-fencing, whatever you want to call it, in areas that make sense.”
He said that he might re-introduce a bipartisan proposal from three years ago called the “Bridge Act,” which he introduced with Sen. Dick Durban (D-IL), to protect the 700,000 DACA recipients for three years, with one renewal.
Graham said that while the president had not committed to the deal proposal, it was the “outline of a potential breakthrough.” He said Trump was “open-minded” about “combining wall funding with other things.”
Graham also said that Trump wanted to destroy the so-called Islamic State, or ISIS, before pulling U.S. troops out of Syria: “We’re inside the 10-yard-line.”
President Donald Trump, who has to sign off any deal, insists there must be at least $5bn (£4bn) included in funding for the border wall. Lawmakers adjourned last-minute talks late Friday.
With no sign of an agreement, funding for about a 25 percent of all US federal agencies passed at midnight.