Local conservatives warily watch a DACA deal unfold
LAS VEGAS (KSNV NEWS3LV) —
“It is live and local now all across the State of Nevada,” bellowed talk show host Kevin Wall into his microphone at the studios of 790AM Talk Now.
His studio is Trump country. How's this supposed "DACA deal" sitting, I asked him.
“Well, I'm going to tell you -- 63 million people voted for Donald Trump, and if there isn't a wall, at some point, in the DACA deal, right after the DACA deal -- those 63 million people are going to think they've been had,” Wall says.
Last night, President Trump dined with Democrats. Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader in the House, and Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader in the Senate, said they got a DACA deal, which would allow nearly 700,000 young immigrants to remain in this country. They also said the deal was not contingent on building a wall on the Mexican border.
On Thursday, the president said one thing, tweeted another, and told reporters a wall would come later.
“I don't feel betrayed because Donald Trump was never one of those people who was a solid conservative to begin with,” says KXNT’s Heidi Harris. “You know, he's joined the swamp now. I'm not surprised. At all. What I am surprised at is how many people believed him when he said, 'I'm going to build that wall.'”
Trump built his campaign on it.
“If he believes the wall will come later -- I'm sure that's his real belief. But they will screw him over,” says author and talk show host Wayne Allyn Root, who was a fixture at Trump’s campaign rallies in Las Vegas.
Root says Trump should play his cards, and play the Democrats.
“You need to get it in writing now, you need to get the funding now, and you need to say there is no DACA without a wall,” says Root, who also says Trump can, in addition, press Democrats for tax cuts and an Obamacare repeal. “If Donald Trump is the negotiator he says he is, every one of those could be gotten in return for a DACA deal. If he does a deal without any of them, I’d be deeply disappointed."
Wall says Trump should approach Schumer and Pelosi with caution.
“I don’t think they have the president’s best interests at heart and I think they’re trying to snooker the guy,” Wall told me. “The guy that wrote ‘The Art of the Deal’ gets taken to the cleaners – they’d love to have that headline.”
Trump’s no dummy, says Root.
“So I wouldn’t be so certain yet that Donald Trump didn’t out-negotiate Pelosi and Schumer and they just don’t even know it," says Root.
Caught in the middle are people like 28-year-old Rafael Lopez, one of the 13,000 DACA participants in Nevada.
His parents brought him to Las Vegas when he was a 1-year-old.
He’s been worried ever since Trump was elected, and more worried since last week, when Trump said he would end the program if Congress didn’t come up with a solution in six months. Lopez says he has a deportation order hanging over his head, which was suspended by DACA’s protections.
“I've never left the U.S. I don't know anything else. Honestly, I don't know how I'd survive in Mexico,” Lopez says.