Boothe: 'Malpractice' If Trump Doesn't Use DACA as Leverage for Immigration Priorities
Democrats failed to get a fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program included in Thursday's short-term spending bill, and they are expected to revisit the issue in 2018.
The Obama-era program, which protects from deportation hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as minors, is scheduled to end March 5.
That sets up a potential showdown between the White House and Democrats in the coming months, and Lisa Boothe said Friday on "Outnumbered" that it's an opportunity for President Trump.
Boothe said Trump can "leverage" a DACA fix to get Democrats to back funding for a border wall and support the RAISE Act, which would set up a merit-based immigration system.
"I think it would be malpractice for him not to push ... for some of these principles that he's campaigned on," said Boothe, who said she believes GOP leaders have assured top Democrats that a DACA fix will be done.
Guy Benson pointed out that many Democrats are already on the record as having supported more border security and added fencing.
Meantime, President Trump is expressing hope that bipartisan agreements will be reached in 2018.
At some point, and for the good of the country, I predict we will start working with the Democrats in a Bipartisan fashion. Infrastructure would be a perfect place to start. After having foolishly spent $7 trillion in the Middle East, it is time to start rebuilding our country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 22, 2017
Watch the discussion above.