An omnibus spending bill, with a deadline of March 23, has become ground zero in the latest battle over immigration reform.
According to several media reports, White House officials asked Republican lawmakers to cut a deal in the omnibus that trades a 3-year DACA extension for 3 years of funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The White House later denied the reports, but rumors are still swirling. Democrats, meanwhile, are pushing back once again against a wall which they see as a "waste of money."
Over the past several months, Democrats and open borders groups have eyed spending bills as a mechanism to try and ram through an amnesty for illegal aliens. Democrats forced a three-day government shutdown in January, holding America hostage to protect some 700,000 illegal aliens protected under DACA. Failure to pass a spending bill this week could result in another government shutdown.
FAIR recently sent a letter to Congressional appropriators expressing opposition to the inclusion of any DACA-related provisions in the omnibus. Such policies deserve to be debated separately and in regular order, not buried in a must-pass spending package.
Dan Stein is the president of the Federation of Americans for Immigration Reform.