On Friday, Congress passed an omnibus spending bill which keeps the government running through September. President Trump tweeted a threat to veto the bill for leaving out protections for DACA recipients as well as more funding for a border wall, he eventually signed it.
An interesting aspect of the passage of the spending bill not many people are talking about is that Congressional Republicans do not seem willing to line up behind the President up on immigration issues.
First, though Trump derided the spending bill for not sufficiently funding his desired border wall plans, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and other Republicans insist that the bill does fund the wall. Additionally, though President Trump wanted 1,000 new Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, the spending bill only funds about 100.
VERDICT: Moving forward, the President’s real problem when it comes to immigration in Congress will not be Democrats; rather, it will be Republicans. Congressional Republicans are not willing to risk a shutdown of the government over giving the White House what it wants.
In the past, the Trump administration have taken a “spend now, fund later” strategy when it came to increasing detainment of illegal immigrants. However, Congress demonstrated in this spending bill a clear directive that this no longer will be accepted