Trump opens curtain on negotiations over spending bill, immigration

Marsha Scott
January 10, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump will meet on Tuesday with Republican and Democratic lawmakers in an uphill search for an election-year compromise on protecting thousands of young, undocumented immigrants from deportation.

The Dreamers are young immigrants who were brought into the USA illegally as children. Trump a year ago ended the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which shielded more than 700,000 people from deportation and gave then the right to work legally. We are going to address the border enforcement and security and the wall, " he said.

Yet it seems that Trump is remarkably willing to trade a largely pointless border wall for a less stringent immigration policy than perhaps his base had expected. "But I am anxious about the cost", said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum.

Trump also said he hoped to pursue a "comprehensive" immigration bill after lawmakers strike a deal on the dreamers.

Now Trump has called for an initial $18 billion in us taxpayer funding for the wall, a proposal Democrats uniformly are opposed to, along with some Republican lawmakers. "Because I respect them".

Top congressional leaders are not expected to attend Tuesday's meeting.

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Such measures, experts told the Times, may suggest that the Trump administration cares more about appearing to crack down on illegal immigration than actually doing so. "We're going to come out with DACA and then we can start immediately on phase two, which would be comprehensive immigration reform", Trump told the room, according to a White House pool report. 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.

"I really do believe Democrat and Republican, the people sitting in this room, really want to get something done", Trump said.

"So, that's I think the picture that we need to be looking through, the lens we need to be looking through, not only what can we agree to among ourselves on a bipartisan basis, but what will you sign into law", Cornyn said.

The discussions on immigration were taking place in the aftermath of the president's public blow-up with former campaign and White House adviser Steve Bannon, one of the architects of Trump's calls for a border wall along the U.S. Southern border. Those issues include efforts to nix some forms of legal immigration such as family reunification, called "chain migration" by Trump and other opponents, and the green card diversity lottery system. Trump added if the group presents him with a plan he does not like he would support it anyway.

She continued: "But I think a number of individuals in the room felt it was a good thing to let you see the cooperation and the conversation between both sides and see how we are working and leading to move the ball down the field and come up with real solutions".

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