Trump casts doubt on chances for immigration deal

Trump casts doubt on chances for immigration deal
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpDACA recipient claims Trump is holding ‘immigrant youth hostage’ amid quest for wall Lady Gaga blasts Pence as ‘worst representation of what it means to be Christian’ We have a long history of disrespecting Native Americans and denying their humanity MORE said Friday that Congress might not reach an immigration deal by March 5, when protections begin expiring for many young immigrants living illegally in the U.S.

"We want to make a deal. I think they want to use it for political purposes, for elections,” Trump said during an appearance at a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facility in Virginia.

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“I really am not happy with the way it's going, from the standpoint of the Democrats," he added.

The president has sounded increasingly pessimistic about the chances of brokering a sweeping immigration deal involving the young immigrants, known as “Dreamers.”

Trump tweeted Friday morning that Democrats “aren’t calling” about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which he scrapped last year.

"DACA is something that should be absolutely easy to do,” the president said at the CBP facility. “And I don't think the Democrats want to take care of the DACA recipients ... They've given up on DACA and that's supposed to be theirs, but it's ours because we're the ones that are taking care of DACA, not them."

Trump has offered a proposal that would offer a path to citizenship for as many as 1.8 million DACA-eligible immigrants in exchange for funding for his border wall and steep cuts to legal immigration.

But the plan has run into opposition from Republicans and Democrats in Congress, despite Trump calling for a Senate vote during his State of the Union address.