Cuomo warns Dems against cutting DACA deal with Trump

Cuomo warns Dems against cutting DACA deal with Trump
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is warning Democratic leadership in Congress against making a deal with President Trump on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

"I don't like the starting point of this negotiation, and I think the Democrats have to exercise extreme caution because basically... the transaction is the president saying to the Democrats 'I'll give you what you already have,' which is DACA. And in exchange, I want more money for border security with Mexico," Cuomo told radio host John Catsimatidis on 970 AM in New York on Sunday.

The governor's comments come just days after Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerReforms can stop members of Congress from using their public office for private gain Election Countdown: GOP worries House majority endangered by top of ticket | Dems make history in Tuesday's primaries | Parties fight for Puerto Rican vote in Florida | GOP lawmakers plan 'Freedom Tour' Senate Democrats should stop playing politics on Kavanaugh MORE (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) met with Trump to discuss the future of the Obama-era program. 

The Democratic leaders were quick to say they had made a deal with the president on legislation protecting Dreamers that would not involve funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall, shocking the president's hardline base. 

However, the White House denied that such a deal had been struck. 

Cuomo told Catsimatidis that Democrats should be wary of striking a deal, warning that border security funding would turn into funding for a wall by the time Trump is finished negotiating an agreement.

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"Now the president says I want more money for border security, but I won't build the wall. Now I guarantee you, where this winds up is 'okay I got more money for border security. We're putting in cameras, we're putting in sensors, we're putting in an electric grid," he continued. 

"Then the president will say 'I have a cyber wall. Better than the wall that we were talking about. Better than a fence. This is a new electronic, highly sophisticated fence. This is a fence for 2020," Cuomo said. 

Trump announced earlier this month he would move to end the Obama-era program, DACA, giving Congress six months to work out a solution. 

The president campaigned on the promise of stricter immigration rules and a wall along the United States' southern border.