Disappointed Trump supporters say he's 'going soft' on border wall promise

Randolph Lopez
September 17, 2017

Conservative lawmakers expressed uneasiness Thursday over President Donald Trump's moves toward an agreement to protect undocumented immigrants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, but their reluctance contrasts with the position of most voters in a new Morning Consult/POLITICO poll.

Trump's recent comments about DACA and his meetings with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) have much of Trump's base believing he has flip-flopped on DACA.

Pelosi at her weekly press conference Thursday clarified Democrats had not reached agreement with Trump on a proposal. The idea of the "the wall" - i.e. a new, sizable barrier along the Mexican-American border, which was a key promise of Trump's campaign - has gained increased relevance as the president appears to negotiate his way towards saving DACA. "He added: "'I think we're fairly close but we have to get massive border security". In a joint statement, they said that Trump "would support enshrining DACA protections into law", but that they would continue working out the details of a border security package.

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Barletta said addressing the DACA program's fate will give legislators an opportunity both to address the overdue issue of illegal immigration and also show compassion toward those who were brought to the country through no fault of their own.

"The people that are going to be facing the bad end of this deal are other immigrants that are non DACA recipients, the parents of DACA recipients", said Bibanco.

"If that's blown up here in these negotiations, whether it's his intent or not, they're not going to have a leg to stand on against others when defending our president", said Representative Steve King, a Republican from Iowa. So, to retain his core supporters, Trump seems eager to create the impression that his government is doing something to fight the flow of illegal immigrants. He also never said he wants to end the program and never implement another version of it.

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"As I've said before, we will resolve the DACA issue with heart and compassion - but through the lawful Democratic process - while at the same time ensuring that any immigration reform we adopt provides enduring benefits for the American citizens we were elected to serve".

"I feel really sad that these students have this extra stress on them", Peterson said.

Meanwhile, talk of a deal could put hardliners like Barletta in the hard position of deciding whether to support a deal struck by a president who won his state, even if it incurs the wrath of conservatives opposed to any compromise over young illegal immigrants.

"There's a lot of students who are younger than us, and if this goes away, they won't be able to go to college", Ortiz said.

Democratic aides said that although there was no final deal, an agreement had been reached. "We're right now renovating large sections of wall".

"Mostly it's emotional support", Middlehof said, "because of the uncertainty".

"We know that many, many of them have not stepped forward. Why?"

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