Yesterday, on the second day of the Federal Shutdown, President Trump re-tweeted a clip from Fox News in which political analyst David Webb explained what he understands is the DACA countdown clock.
DACA expires on 5th of March, and according to Mr Webb, this is the sole reason why the Democratic party will refuse any deal that does not include a solution for these 800,000 presumably Democratic voters mostly employed in Democratic leaning states.
<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/davidwebbshow?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@davidwebbshow</a>: "Let's look at the calendar. It's January 20th. DACA expires on March 5th. That means this was a construct of <a href="https://twitter.com/TheDemocrats?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TheDemocrats</a>." <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/shutdown?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#shutdown</a> <a href="https://t.co/g2lsN9CM6K">pic.twitter.com/g2lsN9CM6K</a></p>— Fox News (@FoxNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/FoxNews/status/954903398649704448?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 21, 2018</a></blockquote>
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The actual DACA countdown clock can be found <a href="http://americanchildrenfirst.org/daca-countdown-clock/ ">here</a> and so you can see that, at the time of writing, there were 41 days left before the protection expires for the so-called ‘Dreamers’.
At the same time as President Trump re-tweeting that clip, the other side of the political spectrum, the far left by mouth of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders made it very clear what prize must be paid for the shutdown to stop, when he explained that: “If we allow Trump to get away with what he did and that is repeal the executive order on DACA, and if these 800,000 people, young people, are subjected to deportation, this will be one of the ugliest stains in the history of the United States.”
Democrats, who are falling over each other to go as far left of the political spectrum as possible in their search for a Presidential candidate to run against Mr Trump in 2020, have repeated that any deal to fund the government must include a solution for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).