With Democrats demanding a path to citizenship as part of any solution for those covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that President Trump nixed a year ago, and Trump demanding funding for his border wall, it's unclear how or if the sides can come together.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump opened up the curtain of Washington negotiations as he invited the press to stay for almost an hour and broadcast a Cabinet Room meeting with Democratic and Republican lawmakers Wednesday. Trump says he wants any immigration deal to include funding for a border wall with Mexico and a tightening of immigration restrictions.
"I think my positions are going to be what the people in this room come up with", Trump said....
The proposal would also address border control technologies to be implemented by 2020 that may include physical or technological barriers, add judges to immigration court and effect global measures that contribute to migration from Central America. "Our own border patrol chiefs have said that".
"But it also has to be a bill where we're able to secure our border". DACA has become a bargaining chip as Congress moves closer to having to pass a spending bill or shut down the government. Now, a few days ago, Donald Trump said he asked congress for more funding so that we can begin building this wall.
Two state lawmakers are putting forward a series of anti-crime proposals, including one they say would boost police retention by allowing for $15,000 bonuses for veteran officers.
Trump's equivocation was the opposite of what lawmakers have long sought from the president.
Trump says he wants 'bill of love' to protect young undocumented immigrants, repeats demand for border wall
"You folks are going to have to come up with a solution, and if you do, I'm going to sign that solution", he told them. During the closed-door portion of the meeting, they reached an agreement to negotiate legislation that accomplishes critically needed reforms in four high-priority areas: border security, chain migration, the visa lottery, and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy.
The president appeared to acknowledge the potential political pitfalls of pursuing a more permanent deal, telling the lawmakers, "I'll take all the heat you want".
When I wrote earlier this morning that an immigration deal was possible, I didn't realize that President Trump was about to host a White House meeting on the very subject.
Meeting with Republicans and Democrats at the White House today, Trump said he wants funding for a massive border wall and an end to chain migration and visa lotteries.
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.
On March 5, Trump's extension of the DACA program ends.