"A clean DACA bill to me is to take care of the 800,000 people", he added.
Trump and his fellow Republicans, who control the U.S. Congress, have been unable to reach agreement with Democrats on a deal to resolve the status of an estimated 700,000 young immigrants whose protection from potential deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program ends in early March. Democrats and Republicans are set to resume negotiations Wednesday.
Democrats counter that additional physical barriers along the border with Mexico wouldn't necessarily be the same as the massive, endless wall Trump vowed to build. So if we're not going to tackle the problem of home-grown domestic terrorist that walk into a church and shoot up people, or walk into an elementary school or a movie theater, then why the hell should we spend $33 billion to keep out one or two people who may or may not be risky?
So-called "Dreamers" were protected from deportation under the policy enacted during Barack Obama's presidency. But a report from The New York Times on Monday makes it clearer than ever that Trump cares less about border security and more about erecting a giant, meaningless monument to his ego.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., speaks during a meeting with President Donald Trump and lawmakers on immigration policy in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Washington. A Republican source in the room told CNN that lawmakers didn't know the press would be in the White House meeting for so long.
On Tuesday, Trump said he would agree to anything the lawmakers he met with agreed to. Democrats have suggested they would risk a government shutdown if spending bills do not include a measure that helps the almost 800,000 DACA beneficiary population. A few days ago, he once again asked Congress for the necessary funding for this wall, which means that American citizens are definitely going to be paying for it. Ring of Fire's Farron Cousins explains why this project must be halted before we waste billions of dollars on a project that will do absolutely nothing for this country.
The president said he would insist on construction of a border security wall as part of an agreement involving young immigrants, but he said Congress could then pursue a comprehensive immigration overhaul in a second phase of talks. "I think a lot of people would like to see that". "You are not that far away from comprehensive immigration reform".
Republicans charge that Democrats have all but halted talks on spending caps until there is a resolution on DACA, which gives undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children a chance to stay, work or study in the U.S. without fear of deportation. Republicans especially have pushed for the administration to draw clear lines around what would be a doable deal, giving them cover with the base to compromise and giving them leverage with Democrats to move the debate forward. Dick Durbin, D- Ill. told Trump he would find Democratic support on some elements of border security. "So that's where the negotiations are taking place".
Under pressure from immigrant groups ahead of midterm congressional elections in November, Democrats are reluctant to give ground to Trump on the issue of the wall - his central promise from the 2016 presidential campaign.
"[Trump] can call it anything he wants", Blumenthal added, but Democrats will support only smarter border security, such as improved surveillance in the form of drones and border personnel.
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