With the shutdown over, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is back to playing hardball, making clear that a generous offer he made during the crisis is no longer on the table.
Schumer announced Tuesday he is rescinding his proposal to agree to $25 billion in funding for the wall Trump wants to build along the border with Mexico, in return for the administration agreeing to permanent protection from deportation for “dreamers” brought to the U.S. as children by parents who were undocumented immigrants.
“We’re going to have to start on a new basis, and the wall offer’s off the table,” Schumer said, explaining that the offer was only valid as part of a deal with the administration.
Republicans and Democrats in the Senate are now entering a new round of talks on an immigration deal, although it is not clear yet if Trump will sign an agreement, once reached.
This story "Schumer Rescinds Offer To Pay For Trump’s Wall" was written by Nathan Guttman.