By J. Krishna Moorthi
On Sunday, President Donald Trump vehemently denied he was a racist after the issue of his alleged s***hole remark about South Africa and Haiti. “I am not a racist. I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed,” Trump told reporters at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he was having dinner with Republican House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
“DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don’t really want it,” Trump tweeted, referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program at the heart of the immigration impasse. Hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the country illegally as children, the so-called Dreamers now face deportation unless a compromise can be reached that would grant them the right to stay.
The President sought to shift from the defense by portraying the Democrats as not actually interested in an immigration deal. “They just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our Military”, he tweeted. “I, as President, want people coming into our country who are going to help us become strong and great again. People coming in through a system based on MERIT. No more Lotteries! #AMERICAFIRST.”
In Florida, Trump further added: “I don’t think Democrats want to make a deal. The folks from DACA should know the Democrats are the ones who aren’t going to make a deal.” He insisted the White House was ready, willing, and able to make a deal on DACA.”
With the deadline for the possible Government shutdown coming in a few days, it will be interesting to see what happens. Are the Democrats willing to take the blame for a government shutdown, or will they come back to the bargaining table and finally work out a deal that is best for the American people?