President Trump tweeted Friday morning that he will not make a deal with Democrats to fix the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program unless the U.S.-Mexico border wall is part of the agreement.
Trump also tied a potential deal into other immigration policy priorities, while telling the New York Times he wants a "bipartisan" solution.
"They have come to me on DACA," said Trump. We are working. ... We're trying to do something about it."
The Obama-era program, which protects from deportation hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, is set to end March 5.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 29, 2017
On "The Daily Briefing," Fox News contributor Gianno Caldwell said he agrees something must be done to protect DREAMers from deportation, but that the border wall should not be a "divisive" issue in Congress.
"They all said there should be a secure border," he said, noting that then-senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama voted for 700 miles of fencing in 2006.
Caldwell said Trump is simply looking to take the first step toward comprehensive immigration reform, which the Secure Fence Act was intended to do 11 years ago.
He said the pressure is on Congress, not Trump, to act on immigration reform, arguing that the original DACA policy was implemented by Obama "inappropriately" without Congress' approval.
Watch the full discussion above.