President Trump is pushing a new agenda in order to get his border wall funded. According to a report by Reuters, Trump has previewed a new immigration bill that is asking Congress for $25 billion to build the border wall. In return for the money, which is not coming from Mexico despite his assurances that it would, Trump is open to giving DACA recipients a pathway to citizenship that would take 10 to 12 years. Trump seems confident that this compromise from the White House will be able to satisfy both Democrats and Republicans.
“Tell them not to be concerned, ok? Tell them not to worry,” Trump told reporters, according to Reuters. “We’re going to solve the problem. It’s up to the Democrats, but [Dreamers] should not be concerned.”
The announcement from Trump comes after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer stated that the offer to fund the border is off the table. Sen. Schumer originally offered Trump full funding for the border wall during the government shutdown if he would make a decision on DACA, but Trump allegedly refused. Now Trump is offering up a similar deal to Schumer’s.
The announcement by Trump has some senators hopeful for progress.
“This statement represents presidential leadership on immigration that will allow us to solve a difficult problem,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, a proponent of DACA relief, said in a statement. “I truly appreciate President Trump making it clear that he supports a path to citizenship for DACA recipients. This will greatly help the Senate efforts to craft a proposal which President Trump can sign into law.”