By Lisa Cannon Green
President Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill today, hours after tweeting he might veto it because it doesn’t address key immigration issues.
The bill doesn’t address the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which would protect undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children from being deported.
A 2015 Lifeway Research survey found more than 6 in 10 American evangelicals support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
The spending bill also doesn’t fund Trump’s promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. It includes $1.6 billion for fencing—not a wall—along parts of the border.
I am considering a VETO of the Omnibus Spending Bill based on the fact that the 800,000 plus DACA recipients have been totally abandoned by the Democrats (not even mentioned in Bill) and the BORDER WALL, which is desperately needed for our National Defense, is not fully funded.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 23, 2018
Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee quickly responded with a tweet of his own, urging Trump to veto the bill because of spending levels Corker called “grotesque” and “totally irresponsible.”
Please do, Mr. President. I am just down the street and will bring you a pen. The spending levels without any offsets are grotesque, throwing all of our children under the bus. Totally irresponsible. https://t.co/np7BmP1AkB
— Senator Bob Corker (@SenBobCorker) March 23, 2018
The federal government was at risk of shutting down if Trump did not sign a bill by midnight today (March 23).
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LISA CANNON GREEN (@lisacgreen) is senior editor of Facts & Trends.