As you’re probably aware, the partial government shutdown came to an end this week — without an agreement being made on funding for a coveted border wall. However, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham expertly warned Democrats about what will happen next.
But the shutdown doesn’t mean the discussion is over — Trump is still dedicated to his biggest campaign promise.
In an interview with Fox News on Friday, Graham outlined what Democrats should expect from post-shutdown negotiations about border security.
Graham explained that Trump is willing to make compromises that Democrats should be able to accept.
In a bill that Democrats ultimately rejected, Trump offered added protections for DACA recipients among other concessions. In exchange, Trump would get the $5.7 billion border wall.
“The bottom line is the TPS recipients who have been here for decades as a result of natural disasters, wars, they’re going to begin to lose their legal status this year. You have DACA folks who are in sort of legal limbo. The president is willing to give 1.1 million people a better life if he can get a secure border,” Graham said.
That’s a huge compromise from Trump, who has previously railed against DACA.
If Democrats cared about DACA recipients as much as they claim to, they would eagerly accept Trump’s compromise.
“This is the first time in 12 years I’ve seen a deal where you secure your border and give a better life to the DACA/TPS population,” Graham continued. “If the Democrats do not work with us, the biggest losers, in my view, are gonna be the TPS/DACA recipients because this president will secure our border through executive action.”
Graham predicts that Democrats will continue to reject Trump’s proposals, but that won’t stop the wall. Trump still has the option to declare a national emergency.
“Come February the 15th, if the Democrats still say, ‘Go to hell on the wall,’ ‘You get a dollar, that’s it,’ they basically tell Trump, ‘I’m not going to do with you what I did with Bush and Obama,’ then I hope he will go the emergency route,” Graham said.
Trump already made it perfectly clear on Friday that he’s willing to invoke emergency powers to build the wall.
“If we don’t get a fair deal from congress, the government either shutdown on February 15th again or I will use the powers afforded to me under the laws, and the constitution of the United States, to address this emergency,” Trump said.
. @realDonaldTrump : "So let me be very clear…If we don't get a fair deal from congress, the government either shutdown on February 15th again or I will use the powers afforded to me under the laws, and the constitution of the United States, to address this emergency." pic.twitter.com/1rqvmmnKp8
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) January 25, 2019