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NYT: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump support DACA

According to a report from The New York Times, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump support the extension of DACA.

“The President’s daughter Ivanka Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner, who are both advisers to the President, back extending DACA programs.”

As a Breitbart article points out this is another issue that they split with Trump’s agenda on.

The couple, who both serve as advisers to the president, traditionally signal their opposition to several of the president’s more controversial decisions. They wanted to seem more supportive of gay and transgender rights, keeping the United States in the Paris climate change agreement, and distancing themselves from Trump’s remarks after the violent events in Charlottesville.

Kushner and Ivanka are getting worse for this administration every day they are part of it. They are constantly against the agenda Trump voters voted for and have tried to change Trump’s mind on all of the policies mentioned above.

Luckily, a recent Vanity Fair points out just how little influence they have on the overall administration.

When Ivanka arrived in Washington, she went on a “listening tour” of sorts. Paid family leave was a signature issue for Ivanka during her father’s campaign, and she hoped to continue advocating for it in Washington. (A paid-family-leave proposal is contained in the administration’s recent budget document; The Wall Street Journal has called it “The Ivanka Entitlement.”) But her stated positions were frequently at odds with her father’s policies. Her efforts to bridge the divide have sometimes seemed unsuccessful, and she has often been out of the loop. As Politico has reported, she first got word of her father’s ban on transgender people serving in the military—not something she would have endorsed—the way everyone else did, by reading his peremptory tweet.

Ivanka may be willing to live with the inconsistencies inherent in her relationship with her father, but official Washington shows no such willingness. While Mike Pence was on Capitol Hill laying plans to repeal Obamacare, Ivanka requested a meeting with Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards. She and Jared went to see Richards in February for what Richards called an “explainer” on Planned Parenthood and the issues surrounding the organization. Ivanka went to the meeting thinking she might act as a kind of referee between the Republicans clamoring to de-fund Planned Parenthood and the organization itself. The meeting was cordial, according to a person familiar with it, although Ivanka and Jared did not commit to anything. When the first version of a health-care bill proposed to strip funding from Planned Parenthood, Ivanka’s surrogates reached out to the organization with an idea: stop offering abortions and the White House would advocate increased funding for Planned Parenthood clinics. Richards turned down the proposal. Then those same surrogates tried an end run, going around Richards and contacting Planned Parenthood board members. “It completely backfired,” said someone familiar with the effort. “It wasn’t just naïve from a Planned Parenthood perspective. It was naïve that the Republican House would have accepted it, because it would have meant keeping Planned Parenthood open.” After the failure of this gambit, Richards lashed out at Ivanka at a Women in the World event in New York: “Anyone who works in this White House is responsible for addressing why women are in the crosshairs of basically every single policy that we’ve seen out of this administration,” Richards told the crowd.

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