POTUS left a lot of people scratching their heads after the open door meeting with democrats and republicans on immigration Jan 9th where he stated, “I think my positions are going to be what the people in this room come up with. If they come to me with things I’m not in love with, I’m going to do it. Because I respect them.” In other words he was saying, at the time, he will sign any deal they put before him. Today he made it clear there will be no deal on immigration without funding for the border wall.
Trump’s hard-line position on immigration is what won over many voters and got him elected, any deviation from this is a blow to voters and he knows this because he said he’ll “take the heat”. To grant amnesty to illegal aliens aka DREAMers is unacceptable. They can be given legal status but other conditions must be included in any deal worked up, because the American people do not trust DC.
Trump is playing this one close to the chest leaving many supporters questioning his intentions, either he has changed his tune somewhat on immigration or is messing with democrats. Regardless of what he is doing, border security and the wall are a must before any other deals are made on DACA or outright immigration reform, this is a non-negotiable issue with voters.