Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) scoffed at President Donald Trump’s demand that his immigration principles be included in any DACA amnesty, telling reporters Tuesday that Trump won’t veto a budget bill which contains a Democrat-drafted amnesty bill.
Speaking with reporters in the Capitol, Schumer predicted members of both parties would support a “fix” for former President Barack Obama’s likely unconstitutional “Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals” (DACA) maneuver that allows almost 700,000 illegal aliens to continue living and working in the United States. The Democratic “fix” for that program, which is now being phased out, would include a “path to citizenship” for at least 800,000 illegals, and likely up to 3.3 million illegal aliens, nearly all of whom are adults.
“He won’t veto the bill,” Schumer said of President Trump. “If DACA is in the omnibus, he will not veto it, is my prediction.”
Asked about reports that Trump does not want DACA attached to the omnibus spending package, Schumer answered laconically, “We do.”
The senior Democrat’s confidence appeared to stem from his belief he will be a more powerful influence on some GOP legislators than the president. “We think we’re going to have a number of our Republican colleagues join us. There are a lot of Republicans who want to pass DACA as well. So I am very optimistic it will pass,” he said.