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Rep. Jim McGovern On DACA As A Government Shutdown Looms13:01
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In this Dec. 6, 2017, file photo, demonstrators hold up balloons during an immigration rally in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and Temporary Protected Status (TPS), programs, near the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Casting a cloud over already tenuous negotiations, President Trump said Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, that DACA, a program that protects immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children and live here illegally, is “probably dead” and blamed Democrats, days before some government functions would start shutting down unless a deal is reached. (Jose Luis Magana/AP)MoreCloseclosemore
In this Dec. 6, 2017, file photo, demonstrators hold up balloons during an immigration rally in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and Temporary Protected Status (TPS), programs, near the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Casting a cloud over already tenuous negotiations, President Trump said Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, that DACA, a program that protects immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children and live here illegally, is “probably dead” and blamed Democrats, days before some government functions would start shutting down unless a deal is reached. (Jose Luis Magana/AP)

Just three days away from a possible government shutdown, and yet, things feel as intractable as ever in Washington.

There's no deal on DACA or immigration, or border security — and President Trump tweeted on Tuesday: "The Democrats want to shut down the Government over Amnesty for all and Border Security."

But Democrats say it's the GOP that holds all the cards, because the Republicans hold the House, Senate,and White House.

"That's their choice," said Sen. Ed Markey in an interview with WBUR. "We're ready to sit and negotiate with them, but they thus far have acted in a very obstinate way. That unfortunately I think is gonna lead to a showdown on Thursday Night and Friday of this week."

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Jim McGovern, congressman representing the Massachusetts 2nd District. He tweets @RepMcGovern.

This segment aired on January 16, 2018.

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