AMNESTY WATCH: ‘A Presidency-Defining Moment’ Looms as DACA Amnesty Deal Lurks in January Spending Fight
President Donald Trump and congressional GOP leadership will put their governance and deal-making skills to the test in January when a nasty spending battle likely to include some form of major immigration policy change comes to fruition.
“This is a presidency-defining moment,” one GOP congressman told Breitbart News when breaking down the battle that lay ahead over some kind of a legislative replacement for the expiring Barack Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive amnesty for nearly a million illegal alien youths. The congressman requested anonymity so as to be candid about ongoing negotiations with the White House and congressional leadership.
When the GOP Congress and Trump kicked the spending bill can into January after passing the tax cuts plan, they set up a major leverage point for Democrats on the DACA replacement fight: A January 19 government funding deadline gives Democrats a chance to force Republicans, and Trump, into a corner on amnesty. The battle, already shaping up to be gruesome by all accounts from various House GOP members and staff who have spoken with Breitbart News, will be one for the ages as both political parties—and the various factions in both parties—are expected to leave it all on the field in January to fight for their various priorities.
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