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WashPost: Dems Voted for Barriers Twice in Past, But Blocking Trump's Wall

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By    |   Saturday, 06 January 2018 08:24 PM

Democrats who once supported a fence along the U.S.-Mexican border are now opposing a massive wall proposed by President Donald Trump along the same route, but the president is demanding that Congress include $18 billion in funding for the first phase of construction in a package to provide legal status to Dreamers, The Washington Post reports.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, allowed people who illegally came to the United States as children with their parents to stay if they met certain criteria. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in early September announced that Trump was ending DACA and giving a gridlocked Congress until March 2018 to decide what happens to the 800,000-plus young people affected.

Trump has tied protection for Dreamers to his own demands, telling reporters Saturday at a press conference from Camp David: “We want the wall. The wall is going to happen, or we’re not going to have DACA.”

Democratic lawmakers have already rejected that compromise, and the standoff could lead to a federal government shutdown.

But Trump, and many others, have questioned why Democrats are so opposed to a wall when they supported a barrier twice -- in 2006 and 2013. 

In 2006, 26 Democratic senators, including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer, all voted in favor of the Secure Fence Act, which authorized the construction of hundreds of miles of additional fencing along the border with Mexico. Fifty-Four Democrats in 2013 supported a provision to double the length of a new border “fence” between the U.S. and Mexico from 350 miles to 700 miles in order to avoid a filibuster on a comprehensive immigration bill.

“Where I don’t understand the pushback is, in 2013 if everybody was for the 700 miles of double fencing, but now they’re not for it because Trump calls it a wall — to me that does not make sense,” said Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, the labor union for the Border Patrol agents. “Whether we call it a fence or call it a wall, it acts as the exact same thing — a physical barrier that makes it more difficult to enter the United States illegally. I don’t understand the whole fight over this.”

"We still don’t understand why the Democrats are so wholeheartedly against it," said White House budget director Mick Mulvaney last April. "They voted for it in 2006. Then-Sen. Obama voted for it. Sen. Schumer voted for it. Sen. Clinton voted for it. So we don’t understand why Democrats are now playing politics just because Donald Trump is in office."

Schumer, in a statement to the Post, said, “We’d be glad to do comprehensive immigration reform, like the Senate bill from 2013, that has more of what both sides want, but that will take time. There is an immediate need to protect the DACA recipients, so the deal will be more narrow than that.”

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Democrats who once supported a fence along the U.S.-Mexican border are now opposing a massive wall proposed by President Donald Trump along the same route, but the president is demanding that Congress include $18 billion in funding for the first phase of construction.
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