Trump Just Made Immigration Deal He Wants Harder to Reach

Mae Love
January 13, 2018

"As a nation, we have a moral and humanitarian obligation to 'Dreamers, '" Bishop Vasquez said.

It's unclear if the agreement includes any border wall funding, which Mr. Trump has most recently said needs to be a part of any immigration deal he will sign.

"We've got a long ways to go", Short said.

"Any solution has to include the wall, because without the wall, it all doesn't work", Trump said.

The president's comments came as congressional leaders huddled at the Capitol to discuss immigration reform.

A senior House Republican, Representative Tom Cole, voiced similar optimism following briefings from House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. But now, one of Trump's main attempts to tighten immigration policy has been intercepted. The measure from Reps.

COULTER: His only hope is to be pedal to the metal, fulfill his promises, build the wall, end chain migration. She criticized the president for upholding policies and executive orders that have sought to exclude immigrants who have working legally for decades; to ban people from Muslim-majority countries overseas; and to terminate the DACA program. That status would allow them to work and travel overseas freely, but would require them to "make use of existing paths to green cards", according to a summary of the legislation. He also called for ending the diversity visa lottery, a State Department program that gives residents of nations with few migrants coming to the us a chance for a green card, and for ending family-based migration (called "chain migration" by its opponents) that allows extended family members of immigrants already in the USA legally to come to the U.S.as well.

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Trump said it needn't be a "2,000-mile wall".

The Securing America's Future Act would also require the use of a biometric entry-exit system at all ports of entry and implement sweeping immigration reforms, including protections for those now covered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program.

Saying the decision to kill it was improper, Judge William Alsup of Federal District Court in San Francisco wrote that the administration must "maintain the DACA program on a nationwide basis" as the legal challenge to the president's decision goes forward.

"The so-called bipartisan DACA deal presented yesterday to myself and a group of Republican Senators and Congressmen was a big step backwards", Trump tweeted.

"The press office does not tamper with official transcripts, and corrects errors as needed", said Deputy White House Press Secretary Raj Shah.

However, during a televised bipartisan negotiation session on Tuesday, the President, at one point, seemed to indicate he would be open to a stand-alone bill to protect the hundreds of thousands of young immigrants known as Dreamers. Never said 'take them out.' Made up by Dems.

LINDSEY GRAHAM: We had a meeting, and I will tell you that I'm hopeful that that meeting will maybe lead to a breakthrough and we get something done.

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