Republicans are quietly orchestrating a large immigration bill that would fund the border wall, but entice Democrats with some concessions, according to a report from CNN’s Manu Raju.
Raju reported that the deal would included $5.7 billion for the border wall that President Donald Trump has promised for more than two years, and it would give Democrats what they want in return — support for amnesty through DACA.
DACA is the amnesty granted by former President Barack Obama to some illegal aliens through “deferral” of deportations. The program has been excoriated by Republicans, including the president, but he has also said in the past that he could support some form of the policy.
The report says that the plan is still in early stages, but that Republican Senators hope it will lead to a breakthrough to end the government shutdown, now in its third week.
Raju said that Trump’s son-in-law and top aide Jared Kushner, indicated that the White House would be interested in a deal that would get funding for the border wall and could pass the Senate. He did not say whether Trump would sign the proposed legislation.
“Kushner came to the Capitol today after talks at the WH collapsed,” he tweeted. “Graham has pushed a bigger immigration deal including DACA and the border wall, something Kushner has been open to.”
“Kushner left without taking questions,” Raju added.
Earlier Wednesday, talks between the two sides broke down completely when the president walked out of a meeting after Pelosi said she would not even consider a deal on a budget with border wall funding. Democrats excoriated the president in a press briefing following the meeting, while his allies criticized the Democrats for stonewalling.