Trump pushes bipartisan immigration deal, but renews demand on border wall

Trump pushes bipartisan immigration deal, but renews demand on border wall

Trump pushes bipartisan immigration deal, but renews demand on border wall

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First, he wanted to see a border wall between the United States and Mexico, along with action for young people protected from deportation under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

The immigration negotiations are part of a broader series of talks over issues ranging from funding the federal government through next September to renewing a children's health insurance program and giving USA territories and states additional aid for rebuilding following last year's hurricanes and wildfires. Trump announced plans to repeal DACA past year and challenged Congress to craft a legislative reform package. During this six-month period, the Trump administration called on Congress to pass permanent legislation.

The president, congressional Republicans and Democrats expressed optimism for a deal just 10 days before a government shutdown deadline. And, if Republicans can convince Trump to accept more money for border security overall as a win on the wall.

Trump said he would "take the heat" politically if lawmakers were to look at broader action that would provide a pathway to citizenship for about 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States.

Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday that bipartisan talks are ongoing to address how to craft a legislative solution for so-called "Dreamers" that's tied with some sort of border enforcement provisions, such as funding for a border wall. "Because I respect them", he said.

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

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., leader of the hard-right House Freedom Caucus, said in a text message after the White House meeting that he opposed the approach Trump suggested. "Their voice has consistently been the power by the Freedom Caucus' ability to influence public policy".

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Trump then both endorsed doing comprehensive immigration reform sooner and later.

Trump's equivocation was the opposite of what lawmakers have long sought from the president.

Democratic House Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland said his party was opposed to GOP calls for $18 billion in funding to build the wall.

"Yes, it has to be", Trump said when asked on whether funding for his border wall would have to be part of any agreement. Dick Durbin, D- Ill. told Trump he would find Democratic support on some elements of border security.

"We can do a great wall-you need the wall", Trump said after a question from Sen.

Democrats and Republicans are set to resume negotiations on Wednesday. Democrats and some moderate Republicans are eying a January 19 deadline for a must-pass government spending deal as leverage to get a deal done on DACA.

His concern is about efforts by Trump and some congressional lawmakers to include issues not related to immigrants brought into this country by their parents as children who were covered under the program Trump scuttled in September.

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