On Tuesday, President Donald J. Trump posted a tweet about Democrats, saying they are less concerned about the recipients of the repealed Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program than they are about votes. Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) took exception to the comment, and responded with scathing remarks on the social media platform.
As DML News reported, President Trump tweeted: “Democrats are doing nothing for DACA – just interested in politics.” Trump then made a prediction, writing, “DACA activists and Hispanics will go hard against Dems, will start ‘falling in love’ with Republicans and their President!”
Trump went on to claim that Republicans are “about results,” insinuating perhaps that Democrats are not.
Sen. Markey responded with a tweet of his own, writing, “Donald Trump repealed #DACA, not Dems. @GOP keeps blocking the #DREAMAct, not Dems. Republicans are using #DREAMers for leverage, not Dems. The only dream Trump seems to care about is his empty one of a border wall.”
.@realDonaldTrump repealed #DACA, not Dems. @GOP keeps blocking the #DREAMAct, not Dems. Republicans are using #DREAMers for leverage, not Dems. The only dream Trump seems to care about is his empty one of a border wall. https://t.co/328UKjaaxF
— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) January 2, 2018
Democrats and Republicans are battling over the future of Dreamers, people who live in the U.S. illegally because their parents brought them to America when they were too young to consent to the illegal migration. DACA is an Obama-era, veiled amnesty program for Dreamers, which President Trump repealed in September before urging congress to act on an alternative program for the recipients.
As The Hill reports:
“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) are expected to meet with White House officials on Wednesday to discuss myriad upcoming policy fights, including DACA.
“Trump has previously said Democrats ‘fully understand’ that a DACA fix will require funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.”
The reference is to a Friday tweet from the president, in which he wrote: “The Democrats have been told, and fully understand, that there can be no DACA without the desperately needed WALL at the Southern Border and an END to the horrible Chain Migration & ridiculous Lottery System of Immigration etc. We must protect our Country at all cost!”
In a Tuesday tweet, President Trump also referenced the wall. He thanked Brandon Judd of the National Border Patrol Council for his “kind words” about the border. “We will be bringing in more & more of your great folks and will build the desperately needed wall!” he wrote.