The White House just pushed the immigration debate back where it all began: a stalemate.
On Sunday night, the Trump administration released a list of hard-line immigration priorities that includes funding for a border wall and a crackdown on unaccompanied minors fleeing Central America – a wish list that effectively quashed Democrats’ hopes that Trump may finally be cajoled into finding a bipartisan compromise on a core campaign promise.
Last month, Trump said he and Democratic leaders were close to finalizing a deal to protect young undocumented immigrants who came into the country illegally as children. He even suggested that he wouldn’t let his previous insistence on funding a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border get in the way. “The wall will come later,” he said on Sept. 14.
Since then, supporters of those young undocumented immigrants known as DREAMers have been encouraged by the prospect of a breakthrough on Capitol Hill – since even Republicans have floated bills to protect them from deportation.