Trump: ‘Republicans want to fix DACA far more than the Democrats do’

Trump: ‘Republicans want to fix DACA far more than the Democrats do’
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump appears to confirm deal on Chinese firm ZTE Judge rejects Manafort's attempt to throw out some charges Dem: Trump’s policy of separating children, parents at border ‘would shock Jesus’ MORE claimed Saturday that Republican lawmakers are far more eager to address protections for young immigrants than Democrats, accusing them of seizing on the issue for political gain.

"Republicans want to fix DACA far more than the Democrats do," Trump tweeted. "The Dems had all three branches of government back in 2008-2011, and they decided not to do anything about DACA. They only want to use it as a campaign issue. Vote Republican!"

Lawmakers have struggled for months over an effort to enshrine the legal protections of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program into law after Trump announced in September that he would rescind the Obama-era program.

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DACA offers immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children — known as "Dreamers" — a temporary reprieve from deportation, as well as permission to work and go to school.

Trump has said that any legislative solution for Dreamers must also include funding for border security and his long-promised wall between the U.S. and Mexico — a demand that Democrats have largely rejected.

The effort to extend DACA's protections was at the center of a three-day government shutdown last month, when Democrats declined to back a short-term spending bill that did not include an immigration solution.

After that shutdown, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGiuliani: White House wants briefing on classified meeting over Russia probe GOP senators introduce Trump's plan to claw back billion in spending The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — Trump now says Korea summit could still happen June 12 MORE (R-Ky.) said that the chamber would hold a vote on DACA legislation in February.

But Republican leaders in the House have been more reluctant in their approach to such a measure. Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanDon't let them fool you — Republicans love regulation, too Senate harassment bill runs into opposition from House The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — The art of walking away from the deal MORE (R-Wis.) this week rejected criticism that he is not serious about addressing the matter, saying that, while he's willing to take on the issue, he wants to vote on a bill that "the president will sign."

Ryan's comments came after House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiElection fears recede for House Republicans Senate harassment bill runs into opposition from House 2018 midterms: The blue wave or a red dawn? MORE (D-Calif.) delivered a record-setting eight-hour speech, in which she pledged to oppose a two-year spending deal unless it included an immigration fix. That bill eventually passed.