Post-shutdown negotiations look brutal for Trump

Democrats seem unlikely to budget any money for a border wall, and even if they did, lawmakers say such a deal would likely require Trump to include significant immigration reforms, such as giving immigrants known as Dreamers a pathway to citizenship or permanent residency.

That would be a tough nut to crack in only three weeks, and the concessions could also damage Trump with his base…

Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.), who was named Friday to the Senate-House conference committee that will attempt to find a compromise over the next three weeks, has previously said we would only entertain supporting increased funding for border barriers if Republicans agree to a permanent solution for Dreamers facing deportation.

He rejected a proposal floated by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to give Dreamers — illegal immigrants who came to the country at a young age — only three years of protection from deportation in exchange for border-wall funding.