Last week, during a bipartisan meeting aired live by the media, President Trump had a very hopeful tone on immigration compromise. In fact, he seemed to be willing to compromise vigorously.
The sea-to-sea wall talked about during the presidential campaign had, it seemed, come to its end. Instead, Trump was talking about patching up pre-existing fencing and adding more fencing to certain, but not all, areas where lots of illegal persons are crossing into the United States.
The Democrats, moreover, seemed to be softening their hard anti-fence position in favor of compromise.
“We have been working for four months and have reached an agreement in principle that addresses border security, the diversity visa lottery, chain migration/family reunification, and the Dream Act – the areas outlined by the president,” said a group of senators last week from both parties, according to Fox New.
President Trump has demanded that any deal include a border wall, which he claims is an essential feature of border security. So long as he can get funding for a border wall, as part of a larger package for border security, Trump promises that he will preserve parts of the Obama-era DACA program, which shields undocumented persons brought to the United States as children.
"Any solution has to include a wall because without the wall it all doesn't work," he said. "We need the wall for security. We need the wall for safety. We need the wall for stopping the drugs from pouring in."
The Washington Times reported that Democrats had backed off their red line over Trump's border wall on Wednesday, claiming that they could provide more fencing so long as an agreement could be made to legalize dreamers.
But then, things drastically changed for the worse.
Trump faced serious backlash from the media and a number of top-level politicians on Thursday evening when he reportedly claimed that certain countries are "s---holes." The comment was made in private, during a bipartisan meeting about DACA, but sources claim that he made the remark.
Trump, of course, had denied the allegations to the media. And several lawmakers have come forward to claim that Trump never actually made the remarks.
Now, according to one website, prospects for immigration reform have taken an ever more severe turn for the worse. Trump is now tweeting that DACA is probably dead — that there will probably be no immigration compromise passed.
“DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don’t really want it,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Sunday. “They just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our Military."
“I don’t believe the Democrats really want to see a deal on DACA,” he said in another tweet. “They are all talk and no action. This is the time but, day by day, they are blowing the one great opportunity they have. Too bad!”
“I, as President, want people coming into our Country who are going to help us become strong and great again, people coming in through a system based on MERIT,” he wrote. “No more Lotteries! AMERICA FIRST.”
Trump has implied in numerous tweets that he was willing to compromise, but that the Democrats have proved unable to work with him, especially by leaking confidential information about a bipartisan meeting on immigration.
In recent news, here's what one senator is saying about Trump's alleged remark.