Trump, Bipartisan Lawmakers Discuss Immigration Reform

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Diane Feinstein's call for a clean DACA bill, which would push off dealing with issues like border security until later. "And if there's other elements that have to be included in a broader deal to get signed into law, this is a foundation for that conversation".

The goal of the White House meeting was to discuss how to reach an agreement between Democrats and Republicans, while still accomplishing the President's push for a wall along the USA border with Mexico and other changes to the U.S. immigration system - something Democrats widely oppose. The optics weren't good for the president, because he has repeatedly said a DACA solution will only happen if paired with security measures for the U.S-Mexico border, meaning his promised so-called wall.

Congress must pass spending legislation by January 19 to prevent a federal shutdown.

Ahead of a bipartisan meeting at the White House Tuesday, the question is becoming whether Democrats can accept some version of a wall (albeit they'd call it something else) in exchange for protections for those who are eligible for DACA.

"And during their lifetime, leaders in Washington have not been able to reach an agreement to fix the broken immigration system that allowed them to enter in the first place".

"It's about expanding political power, especially for the Democrats".

"Drugs are pouring into our country at a record pace, a lot of people are coming in that we can't have", Trump said.

But despite that initial promise seen in Kelly, lawmakers have since felt a series of disheartening decisions has changed that calculus - including the decision to end DACA while he was chief of staff and a series of decisions to end Temporary Protected Status by the administration since - including reporting that he was involved in calling acting Secretary Elaine Duke and pressuring her on the Honduras TPS decision, which Duke later denied. He also said that the Department of Homeland Security's "decision to rescind DACA was based on a flawed legal premise".

"We want to make sure that we have interior and border enforcement", he said.

Mark Krikorian, the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, said, "Rip off the Band-Aid and give them a green card".

Ultimately, the meeting concluded with a two-phase solution that pairs a DACA bill with funds for the wall and punts comprehensive immigration reform to Congress at a later date.

President Trump's top campaign selling point was his claim to be a master dealmaker - the author of "The Art of the Deal" who would be a far superior negotiator than any of his predecessors.

"I would say to the president, up the ante". John Cornyn, R-Texas, said at the time.

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