Pres. Trump told Politico that he won't support legislation that includes a DACA amnesty until after the courts make a final ruling on the challenge from the state of Texas. Texas and several other states are challenging the legality of the Obama-era executive amnesty that has granted work permits to 900,000 illegal aliens since 2014. Federal District Judge Andrew Hanen could issue a ruling at any time.
Trump also signaled he was in no mood to strike a large-scale immigration deal with Democrats. Asked if he was open to a compromise to legalize so-called Dreamers — undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children — the president said he would prefer to wait for court challenges to wrap up.
Pres. Trump also told Politico that he's holding "firm" on his demand for $5 billion in funding for border fencing, and he's prepared to shut down portions of the government if Congress doesn't approve the funding. Congress faces a December 7 funding deadline to avoid a partial government shut down.
"People look at the border, they look at the rush to the police, they look at the rock throwers and really hurting three people, three very brave border patrol folks -- I think that it's a tremendous issue, but much more importantly, is really needed," Pres. Trump said. "So we have to have border security."
For more on this story, see Politico.
Updated: Wed, Dec 12th 2018 @ 11:25am EST