Retired actor James Woods has blasted U.S. President Donald Trump for being open to bipartisan legislation to address immigration reform. During a meeting with congressional leaders, Trump signaled that he would be open to granting protections for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients.
On Jan. 9, Trump hosted a bipartisan meeting with 25 lawmakers to discuss immigration at the Cabinet Room in the White House. During the 55-minute meeting, the president expressed an interest in forming legislation that would secure his border security priorities and protect DACA beneficiaries from deportation.
“I really do believe Democrats and Republicans, the people sitting in this room, really want to get something done … I really think that we have a chance to do it,” Trump said, according to CBS News. “I think it’s really important. You’re talking about 800,000 people.”
Woods, a vocal conservative celebrity, took to social media to assert that Trump’s base of support would crumble if he moderated the immigration policies he outlined during his 2016 campaign, The Daily Wire reports.
“If you fold on immigration, you are a one term president,” Woods tweeted out.
In June 2012, former President Barack Obama enacted DACA through an executive order. The program granted work permits to roughly 800,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. when they were children. DACA beneficiaries are also known as Dreamers.
Trump rescinded Obama’s executive action in September 2017, asserting that the future of its recipients would have to be decided by Congress. After March 2018, Dreamers could lose their work permits and be subject to deportation when their protections expire.
The same month that Trump ended DACA, a Fox News poll found that 86 percent of registered voters wanted Dreamers to be given work permits so they could remain in the U.S., while 79 percent wanted them to be granted a pathway to U.S. citizenship, Fox News reports.
Democrats have made DACA a priority issue for the upcoming government spending bill that Congress must pass before Jan. 19.
During the meeting, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein asked Trump if he would support a “clean” DACA bill, or legislation that would address the program recipients without any additional provisions.
“I have no problem,” Trump responded, according to Politico. “I think a lot of people would like to see that.”
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy interjected and reminded the president that he wanted any DACA deal to include funding for his proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump stated later in the meeting: “You need a wall.”
The initial White House transcript of the meeting omitted Trump’s initial response to Feinstein’s proposal. The transcript was later amended to contain his remarks.
“That’s it,” Woods wrote in another tweet. “If #Trump rolls over on #DACA, he loses my vote, he loses my vote. That is a promise.”
The former actor tweeted that he wanted Trump to “End #DACA completely, build the wall, defund sanctuary cities, end chain migration, enforce voter ID, and deport all lawbreakers.”
On Jan. 11, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders stated that a bipartisan deal on DACA had not yet been reached, The Hill reports.
“There has not been a deal reached yet, however, we still think we can get there,” Sanders said.
On Jan. 9, a federal judge placed an injunction on Trump’s rescinding of DACA and ordered the Trump administration to continue enforcing protections, according to The New York Times.