Chuck Schumer and the Democrats have done everything in their power to block Donald Trump from building the wall.
They believe if they can thwart Trump on his signature campaign promise, he will be ripe for defeat when he runs for re-election in 2020.
But he turned the tables when he drew this line in the land.
The Democrats failed last time they tried to shut the government down to force amnesty.
With the government funding set to run out on February 8, Trump is daring the Democrats to shut down the government again.
He laid down a marker: Democrats should agree to his deal on America First immigration reforms or the government gets shut down.
That means wall funding, and an end to chain migration and the diversity lottery.
In exchange, Trump is willing to discuss the status of the DACA recipients.
The Washington Times reports:
“President Trump said Tuesday he would welcome another government shutdown unless Democrats agree to major changes to stop illegal immigration.
“I’d love to see a shutdown if we can’t get this stuff taken care of,” the president said at a White House roundtable discussion on MS-13 gang violence and illegal immigration.
Mr. Trump has laid out a four-prong approach to immigration discussions on Capitol Hill, saying he would accept a generous amnesty for 1.8 million illegal immigrant “Dreamers” in exchange for major policy changes including a border wall and more authority to speed deportations.
Democrats want a more generous amnesty of perhaps 3.2 million illegal immigrants, but are resisting his enforcement changes, saying it would punish other immigrants, both legal and illegal.
Little progress is being made in negotiations, with Mr. Trump refusing to agree to a legalization-only bill.
“Then shut it down. We’ll go with another shutdown,” he said.”
Schumer and the Democrats badly miscalculated when they tested Trump at the last government funding deadline.
Are they walking into Trump’s trap for a second time on immigration?
A new Harvard-Harris poll shows nearly 70 percent of Americans support Trump’s position on the DACA deal.
If the Democrats instigate another shut down fight, they are sure to come out the losers in the end.
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