Immigration

Schumer and Pelosi Roll Over Trump and the GOP Again

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The right wing is apoplectic today because Trump met with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer last night, and you know what that means: Trump gave them almost exactly what they wanted.

Schumer and Pelosi announced last night that they've reached a deal with Trump to codify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program into law in exchange for throwing more money at the border, but not money for a wall.

The Democrats, Senator Chuck Schumer and Representative Nancy Pelosi, said in a joint statement that they had a “very productive” dinner meeting with the president at the White House that focused on the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. “We agreed to enshrine the protections of DACA into law quickly, and to work out a package of border security, excluding the wall, that’s acceptable to both sides,” they said.

The White House is vaguely denying this version of events today, but what Trump tweeted this morning is not inconsistent with the deal announced by Schumer and Pelosi.


"Massive border security would have to be agreed to in exchange" he says, which is exactly what Schumer and Pelosi announced.

Now, some people may attack Schumer and Pelosi for agreeing to throw more money at the border even if it doesn't fund the construction of Trump's fantasy border wall, but this not a new compromise.

Codifying DACA into law and flushing more money down the toilet at the border was part of the 2013 immigration reform bill that Republicans blocked in Congress. Democrats including President Obama agreed to spend more on security if it meant allowing more immigrants to live and work without fear of deportation, but it never made it to the president's desk.

Even though that was Senator Marco Rubio's pet project at the time, he ultimately came out against his own bill and joined those who killed it. He was running for president, for Pete's sake.

Nothing can force Republicans in Congress to accept such a compromise this time around in 2017 but, as long as they're at each other's throats, at least they'll be put on the spot and distracted.

  • 1933john

    Any Port in a Deal!

  • David Greenberg

    You really can’t make this shit up. It would be hysterical if not for the fact that it is also terrifying.

  • muselet

    The anti-immigration Right is apoplectic today over their BETRAYAL! by Donald Trump. HOW DARE HE! even acknowledge the existence of Ds, let alone Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. IT’S AN OUTRAGE!

    Even if nothing substantive comes of these meetings, the spittle-flecked rage is hilarious (hey, we take our amusement where we can).

    –alopecia

  • Aynwrong

    Watching Sean Hannity desperately defend the Dear Leader last night on Twitter was entertaining.

  • Draxiar

  • Toolymegapoopoo

    I follow Trump on Twitter for the absolute comedy. This morning he retweeted Ann Coulter 3 or 4 times and in every Tweet she was ripping him to pieces. In one Tweet she said something like ‘Is there anyone who doesn’t want to see Trump impeached?’ I think she was being serious but I never take her that seriously because she is one of the worst people on earth. Why is Trump retweeting this? I know he’s clueless (and quite possibly mentally disabled), but he is also bitterly offended by even the slightest criticism. I feel like I awoke in CrazyTown.