House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is digging in amid the fight over funding for President Trump’s promised border wall, signaling Thursday she won’t accept a deal on DACA in exchange for wall money.
Speaking to reporters, the likely next House speaker said that DACA — the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program giving a deportation reprieve to some immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children, and now at the center of a legal fight — and the border wall are “two different subjects.”
She said she wouldn’t back a DACA deal in order to fund a wall, for which Trump wants $5 billion, along the United States’ southern border with Mexico.
Pelosi is in a tough spot. Some members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, which sent a letter last week to Pelosi urging her to push for DACA and TPS protections, have cautioned that what kind of spending deal she cuts with Republicans – including if there are any concessions for the border wall – could affect how much support she receives from the influential caucus. – READ MORE