Rep. Speier: I'm Willing To Negotiate On The Wall For a Pathway To Citizenship


Rep. Speier said she would be willing to go as far as earmarking $2.5 billion for The Wall if President Trump would agree to give all DACA recipients a pathway to citizenship.

"I would go that far, if we could get all of those DACA recipients on a pathway to citizen," Speier told CNN's Poppy Harlow on Wednesday.

HARLOW: Sure. Sure. And getting two-thirds in the Senate.

Look, we all saw what played out in the Oval Office yesterday and the spectacle that it was over keeping the government open and running and working for the American taxpayer. Democrats are sticking to their $1.6 billion for border security. The president wants five. Neither side is budging at this point.

In January, you said, and I quote, I would be willing to give the president a high tech wall, willing to give him some amount of money to build that wall to a certain degree, that was in exchange for relief for DACA recipients. Right now, a, congresswoman, how much are you willing to give? Is it more than $1.6 billion? And, b, would you say to Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, look, we have to give more here?

SPEIER: So I'm willing to negotiate a certain amount of money if we can make sure that the 800,000 to one million DACA eligible individuals in this country get a pathway to citizenship. I think their lives are worth that. This is the only country they've ever known. And when I say a high tech wall, I'm talking about using high tech kinds of instrumentalities because it needs to be effective. And building a wall is not effective. And, frankly what the president doesn't appreciate is, you're going to be taking a lot of Republican farmland away from various owners of farmland if you're going to try and build a wall.

So I think that's all subject to negotiation. We have to be willing to negotiate. I do not want to see the government shut down.

HARLOW: OK. OK. So help me out quickly before we go with a number here. You say negotiate, give a little more than $1.6 billion, what should Democrats give? What would you give?

SPEIER: I think -- what would I give? I'd give probably $2.5 billion.

HARLOW: All right.

SPEIER: I would go that far, if we could get all of those DACA recipients on a pathway to citizen.

HARLOW: You'd meet the president halfway if he meets you on DACA.

SPEIER: That's correct.

HARLOW: Appreciate your time. Congresswoman Jackie Speier, thanks so much.

SPEIER: Thank you.

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