The US Government is on the verge of another shutdown. If a $1.3 trillion spending bill is approved by Friday, it will be averted. Again, the shutdown is centered around controversy concerning potential extended protections for Dreamers and funding for the border wall. The White House has put forth a bill, that has since been rejected by the Democrats, that would give Dreamers protections in exchange for $25 billion in funding towards the border wall. Because Democrats have rejected the deal because of the funding it provides for the border wall, the deal is in jeopardy.
There are a number of issues still at play in terms of the border wall; Trump travelled to California to inspect prototypes for the wall, as 14 miles of replacement fencing is pending for approval in San Diego. Since the March 5th deadline has passed, many Dreamers have felt more lost and confused than before. While DACA didn’t end on the deadline, Dreamers are still anxious about their status in the country as both sides of the aisle try to come up with a deal that is bilaterally acceptable.
Democrats are trying very hard to extend protections for Back and forth between Democrats and Republicans continue to delay the potential for a deal for Dreamers, who are the ones getting hurt by the lack of action by both parties. At some point one side will have to make concessions, it just seems to be a matter of who is willing to bend first.
OUR VERDICT: DACA has been at the center of attention for the past several months, and has caused a lot of tension both in and outside of the government. If a deal is not reached soon, Dreamers will continue to be hurt, and the potential for bipartisanship that this cracking country so desperately needs will likely dry up.