During a White House press briefing Monday afternoon, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders left the door open to the possibility of deporting the hundreds of thousands of young undocumented people currently living in the U.S. under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program unless President Trump gets his big ticket immigration policy demands, including funding for his “big, beautiful” border wall and an end to the visa lottery and family reunification programs.
“We haven’t determined that. We are hopeful we don’t have to do that and we don’t have to get there,” Sanders said in response to a reporter’s question on DREAMers. “We would like Democrats to get serious about solving problems.”
“They say they want to have this conversation, they say they say they want to negotiate—so much so that they were willing to shut down the government—if they’re that willing to go that far, surely they’re willing to come to the table and talk about real solutions,” she added.
When a reporter pointed out that it was Trump who created the current DACA crisis by removing the deportation protection extended to DREAMers by the Obama administration, Sanders argued that Trump was simply the one enforcing the law.
“He did that, absolutely,” she said, before blaming Congress for failing to pass a DACA fix.