Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

The Immigration Right Deal for the Dreamers - and the Nation

The Immigration Right Deal for the Dreamers - and the Nation

The goal of the meeting was to hammer out a temporary spending bill likely to include an extension of President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program, or DACA, for some immigrants brought into the United States as minors.

In September, Trump said he was scrapping the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, but then delayed enforcement to give Congress six months - until March - to craft a lasting solution.

He was a co-sponsor of a bipartisan bill in June 2017 that would offer a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants who were brought to the children. Trump says he wants any immigration deal to include funding for a border wall with Mexico and a tightening of immigration restrictions.

A compromise - with protection for the young immigrants, often called Dreamers by their advocates, and some enhanced border security, without construction of the wall - could eventually be reached. Trump expressed a willingness to be flexible in finding an agreement as Democrats warned that the lives of hundreds of thousands of immigrants hung in the balance.

"We are going to build the wall", Trump said in a speech on Monday in Nashville, Tennessee.

President Donald Trump appeared to contradict himself multiple times in a meeting on immigration with a bipartisan group of lawmakers Tuesday - a reflection of growing frustration from Capitol Hill about the lack of direction from the White House on the issue. Instead, the guest list is set to include lawmakers from both parties involved in the immigration debate, such as Republican Senators John Cornyn of Texas and Tom Cotton of Arkansas, and Senator Dick Durbin of IL, a Democrat.

House Republicans said they planned to soon introduce legislation to address border security and the young immigrants.

Representatives and senators attending the meeting with the White House are faced with tough negotiations.

"I'm still confident we can get a DACA fix". But, he added, the program is feasible only if it comes with the long-promised border wall and changes to the immigration system, CNN reported.

Trump said he would "take the heat" if lawmakers wanted to move toward comprehensive immigration reform, saying they were "not that far away" from it.

A former Trump appointee who resigned after a probe into a tribal loan program he oversaw is running for Congress in New Mexico. But the talks are deadlocked over Trump's demands for the wall and cuts to legal immigration, including ending a diversity visa lottery and ending what the president calls "chain migration", the practice of Americans sponsoring extended family members for green cards. Trump added if the group presents him with a plan he does not like he would support it anyway. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., one of the attendees.

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