Trump opens curtain on negotiations over spending bill, immigration

Laura Christensen
January 11, 2018

In the background, details are still being worked out on what a plan to help recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, would look like, and a bipartisan group of Senate lawmakers led by Democrat Dick Durbin of IL and Republican Lindsey Graham of SC continues to negotiate.

Republican lawmakers previewed a bill to permanently establish the DACA program, fund a border wall, end chain migration and end the visa lottery program.

"But I think that's going to make the January 19 date pretty hard to hit".

Advocates around the country have rallied to urge passage of the DREAM Act - the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act - to provide a pathway to citizenship for DACA beneficiaries.

Trump declared, counter to everything he campaigned on, that "we don't need a 2,000-mile wall,"and perhaps even fencing would do in some parts, though he later tweeted that a wall must be part of any deal".

The top Democrat in the House of Representatives, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, told reporters Monday, "I think we will" reach an agreement on the young immigrants, mainly because neither Democrats nor Republicans want a partial government shutdown at the end of next week. Wall funding wasn't included in a stopgap year-end funding bill, nor was it ever considered when Democrats thought they'd struck a deal on DACA with Trump this fall.

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Lawmakers also consider him a more rational negotiating partner than White House senior adviser Stephen Miller, who has ruled on Trump immigration policy.

Trump met with lawmakers at the White House on Tuesday, offering support for an immigration package that would legalize young undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S.as children, known as Dreamers.

Kelly often discussed being open to meeting with Democrats as much as Republicans, and spoke of sympathy toward the DACA population. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) on whether a border wall was a precondition for any DACA fix. DACA has allowed them to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and get a work permit.

Pennsylvania Rep. Lou Barletta praised Trump's initial decision to rescind the DACA protections set forth by the Obama administration.

But it also includes a number of changes Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has said she needs to stop the new surge of illegal immigrants who have figured out how to game the current system. "We are dealing with this problem today because Congress has failed to enforce our laws and secure our borders". How can the GOP give Trump a win on the wall without alienating Democrats from a bipartisan solution on DACA? "And then we can go to comprehensive (immigration reform) later on".

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