Trump: Democrats 'Fought Every Single Inch of the Way' on DACA
President Donald Trump assured DACA recipients on Friday that Republicans are on their side more than Democrats, who "fought every single inch of the way" to the president's ultimate signing of the $1.3 trillion spending bill.
"[Democrats] did not want DACA on this bill," Trump said at a White House press conference.
He added that Democrats are using DACA recipients "for their own purposes."
Trump noted in his speech that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is tied to the $25 billion in major funding he had requested for the proposed border wall and other immigration preventative measures.
The president tweeted earlier Friday that he was considering a veto of the bill "based on the fact that the 800,000 plus DACA recipients have been totally abandoned by the Democrats." He also cited the lack of border wall funding.
I am considering a VETO of the Omnibus Spending Bill based on the fact that the 800,000 plus DACA recipients have been totally abandoned by the Democrats (not even mentioned in Bill) and the BORDER WALL, which is desperately needed for our National Defense, is not fully funded.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 23, 2018
"Fox and Friends" co-host Pete Hegseth had critical words about the bill, calling it a "swamp budget" that doesn't garner a fair return for border wall funds in exchange for protection for illegal immigrants.
The bill includes just $1.6 billion for border control.