Earlier Tuesday, during a meeting with lawmakers on immigration, the president said he envisioned a two-part immigration plan. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. "But the sense of urgency, the commitment to DACA, the fact that the president said to me privately as well as publicly, 'I want to get this done, ' I'm going to take him as his word".
President Donald Trump reiterated that he would like to collaborate with Democrats to find a proper legislative solution to allow those protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to stay in the country. Democrats and Republicans are set to resume negotiations Wednesday. Trump has been insisting that there will be no DACA program without the funding of the border wall that he has promised during the presidential elections.
Here's what immigration reformers are up against.
These discussions are part of broader talks on protecting Dreamers and enacting additional immigration law changes, including beefed up border security. "Because I respect them". They include a crackdown on "sanctuary cities" that don't fully comply with federal immigration enforcement efforts, funding for Trump's wall and a requirement that all USA business use the E-Verify online system to check the immigration status of job applicants.
Representatives and senators attending the meeting with the White House are faced with tough negotiations. A few days ago, he once again asked Congress for the necessary funding for this wall, which means that American citizens are definitely going to be paying for it. Ring of Fire's Farron Cousins explains why this project must be halted before we waste billions of dollars on a project that will do absolutely nothing for this country. "I think a lot of people would like to see that but I think we have to do DACA first".
"One of the risks we run into is we sort of start spiraling out of control back into comprehensive immigration reform, and then nothing gets done", said Cornyn. Trump repeated a false claim that countries "give you people that they don't want, and then we take them out of the lottery" - countries don't submit lottery entrants, people apply on their own. Republicans especially have pushed for the administration to draw clear lines around what would be a doable deal, giving them cover with the base to compromise and giving them leverage with Democrats to move the debate forward.
The immigration talks pit a president who made the construction of a border wall a central piece of his 2016 campaign against congressional Democrats who have sought to preserve the Obama-era protections for the young immigrants.
"Just to be clear you weren't there for the entire negotiation, because the deal didn't take place until after you guys left", Sanders said.
After the meeting, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the group had agreed to "negotiate legislation that accomplishes critically needed reforms in four high-priority areas".
That would be in addition to Trump winning funding for his promised southern border wall and added border security. And yeah, they're going to have border patrols there to make sure that doesn't happen, just like we already have now that clearly isn't stopping the problem enough for republicans.
Kelly often discussed being open to meeting with Democrats as much as Republicans, and spoke of sympathy toward the DACA population.