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Cuellar: No deal on DACA this week, government shutdown likely to be averted

January 17, 2018

U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, said it appears unlikely that a deal on DACA would be reached this week, though he believes a deal to avoid a government shutdown will be reached.

That news comes after a meeting with White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly on Wednesday morning, more than a week after a meeting between bipartisan members of Congress and the president.

Cuellar characterized Kelly’s meeting Wednesday with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus as “different in tone.”

“The tone, in the past it has been very combative — this time the tone was ... he had more of a cooperative, hey let’s try to find a solution-type of tone,” Cuellar said.

The congressman said Kelly told the group that he’s working on tempering some of the president’s campaign promises — specifically in regards to the border wall along the U.S-Mexico border — conceding that it was likely unrealistic to have a wall from “sea to shining sea,” and that the president would want 600 to 700 miles of border wall, something the congressman would still be opposed to.

Cuellar said that a deal for DACA would most likely not be resolved by Friday but expects there to be a vote on a continuing resolution as early as Thursday, which would avoid a government shutdown for at least another month.