US President Donald Trump repeats his warning that there will be no deal to help young undocumented immigrants unless Democrats agree to fund his long-promised wall on the border with Mexico.
His warning about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) came in a tweet Tuesday night after Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer said Democrats had withdrawn the offer to fund the construction of the wall.
Cryin’ Chuck Schumer fully understands, especially after his humiliating defeat, that if there is no Wall, there is no DACA. We must have safety and security, together with a strong Military, for our great people!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 24, 2018
On Tuesday, Schumer confirmed that the offer to discuss funding for the project had been taken back due to what he said was the president’s failure to follow through on the outlines of an agreement discussed last week.
"We're going to have to start on a new basis and the wall offer is off the table," Schumer told reporters, saying that the offer was initially "part of a package."
The two had reportedly discussed a $31 billion package to pay for security measures along the southern border, much larger than the amount Trump had told lawmakers he would need to fulfill his signature campaign pledge.
There have been intense negotiations in Congress between Democrats and Republicans about an immigration package that may include granting legal status to about 800,000 young immigrants who have received temporary protection from deportation under DACA, an immigration policy founded by former President Barack Obama.
Obama created the DACA program in 2012 to enable some young undocumented immigrants in the country to obtain two-year permits to stay legally, work and attend school.
He has described Obama’s actions as unconstitutional and an overreach of executive power, emphasizing that he will kill the program unless Congress sends him legislation by March to keep it.