Last summer, ten state attorneys general asked the president to end the DACA program, to which Trump agreed. The Trump administration believe the DACA program, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is unconstitutional.
DACA protects illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, a group (often referred to as "Dreamers") that now consists of nearly 700,000 young people. The program allows Dreamers to do things such as obtain valid drivers licenses, open bank accounts, work, and go to school, without making them full American citizens, but rather it provides them with temporary permission to do so if they apply and keep reapplying. The program was started as an executive decision by Former President Barack Obama in 2012.
The plan to reform DACA was presented to Trump in a closed meeting last week by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, which was a "tough meeting" according to Trump, who has denied the profane comment he allegedly made about African countries and Haiti.
Graham and Durbin's bipartisan deal fell "far short" of what Republicans believe needs to happen, the President said in the interview with Reuters. Trump has said he is open to finding a way to help Dreamers, but he was unhappy with this proposal.
The plan included $2.7 billion for additional border security funding which Democrats support but Trump does not because it would "take desperately needed money away from our Military", as he commented in a tweet.
President tweeted his alternate plan for financing increased border security this morning saying, "The Wall will be paid for, directly or indirectly, or through longer term reimbursement, by Mexico, which has a ridiculous $71 billion dollar trade surplus with the U.S. The $20 billion dollar Wall is "peanuts" compared to what Mexico makes from the U.S. NAFTA is a bad joke!"
The comment from Mr. Trump came after White House chief of staff John Kelly said in an interview with Fox News that Trump was not "fully informed" when he made campaign promises and since his election has changed his mind on matters such as the wall. However, Trump has clarified that his plans for the wall remain just as they were in his campaign, tweeting, "The Wall is the Wall, it has never changed or evolved from the first day I conceived of it."
Overall, President Trump and Republicans remain unwavering in their stance on immigration. This disagreement between the parties could result in a federal government shutdown tomorrow as many Democrats have said they will not vote to keep the government funded without a deal. Republicans need some Democratic votes to pass the funding extension in the Senate. The White House said that it backs short-term spending measure to prevent Friday's shutdown.