Rep. Martha McSally said Thursday Democrats must drop their demands for a "clean" bill to protect those who are in the United States under the Obama-era program Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
"It is not happening," said McSally (R-Ariz.), who introduced a bill this week that would protect so-called DREAMers but also put an end to chain migration and require all U.S. employers to use E-Verify.
The United States needs the security of the Wall on the Southern Border, which must be part of any DACA approval. The safety and security of our country is #1! pic.twitter.com/4CFzQXb5aS
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McSally said the bill will also crack down on sanctuary cities, fund President Trump's border wall and end the visa lottery. She blasted the notion that Democrats would want a DACA solution to be included in a spending bill which must be passed by Jan. 19 to fund the government.
"We're asking our Democratic colleagues get more reasonable and start negotiating with us in good faith," she said on "Happening Now."
McSally said Democrats are holding the budget negotiations -- including funding for the military -- "hostage" so they can protect people who are in the U.S. illegally.
"They have got to come off their unreasonable view that it's DACA or else. It's not happening."
Congress has until March to come up with a fix for DACA. On Tuesday, a federal judge ruled that the Trump administration cannot rescind the program until multiple court challenges are decided.
Watch the interview above.