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 previous year, and Trump demanding funding for his border wall, it's unclear how or if the sides can come together. 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.
President Donald Trump has not given up on Mexico paying for a border wall, White House secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Tuesday.
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 worldwide measures that contribute to migration from Central America. "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". "I think it can be bipartisan". DACA has become a bargaining chip as Congress moves closer to having to pass a spending bill or shut down the government.
Conservatives quickly sounded alarms about a process that would lead to a comprehensive agreement on immigration, a path that has always been anathema to many rank-and-file Republicans. Back in September, President Trump rescinded Barack Obama's executive order creating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and very sensibly sent it back to Congress to come up with a more encompassing immigration solution.
Grassley said that if they do not have good faith negotiations and get to an agreement within days, they will have to bring up "either the House bill or the bill that some of [them] ... introduced in the United States Senate".
Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., right, listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with lawmakers on immigration policy in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Washington.
"We need a wall", Trump said, during the long exchange with lawmakers. Trump also seemed to imply that he is willing to weather his base's displeasure should it learn that he might be down to grant millions of undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship, telling Senator Lindsey Graham, "I'll take the heat". And those people who don't want to vote to legalize DACA kids are going to have to explain why that they haven't wanted to protect the vulnerable people that we're all here talking about.
Trump has long said he would not protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) participants - of which there are almost 800,000 who were brought to the United States illegal as children - from deportation without ending so-called chain migration, guidelines that allow people in the United States to bring in family members from overseas, and the visa lottery system, a program that distributes around 50,000 visas to countries where there is a low rate of immigration to the US. It will save a couple minutes or a few seconds. Democrats have threatened to risk a shutdown if they do not get a DACA extension, although they backed off from a similar threat in December. "I don't think it's going to be that complicated".