American Thinker: Democrats have promised to shut the government down if DACA is not included in the budget bill. The president refused to sign off on a spending agreement reached in the Senate that would have included DACA legislation, calling the Democrats’ bluff. Speaker Paul Ryan said at a Wisconsin political event that there would be no deal with Democrats on DACA legislation, which would legalize hundreds of thousands of children of illegal aliens. He also said there would be no government shutdown when Washington hits the deadline of January 19 to pass a spending bill.
Trump has backed Democrats against the wall. By stipulating that there would be no relief for DREAMers without a major overhaul of the immigration system, Trump is upping the ante to get what he wants on border security and immigration reform by separating DACA from the spending bill. The opposition will have far less leverage if Republicans can pass a temporary spending bill, probably funding the government into March.
Meanwhile, Ryan sounded confident that a stopgap spending bill can be passed. read more