Politics Trump suggests 2-phase immigration deal for 'Dreamers'

20:53  09 january  2018
20:53  09 january  2018 Source:   Associated Press

Confusion over Trump's border wall delays spending talks

  Confusion over Trump's border wall delays spending talks Senate negotiators say a lack of clarity from President Trump about his plans for a proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border is holding up talks to avoid a government shutdown. Trump has demanded tougher immigration controls and more border-security measures in return for relief for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program recipients in the 2018 spending bill. But Republicans and Democrats working on a possible immigration deal said Wednesday they're still waiting to receive Trump's specific demands for tighter border security to hash out a deal.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking a bipartisan compromise to avoid a government shutdown, President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that an immigration deal could be reached in two phases — first by addressing young immigrants and border security with what he called a "bill of love

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is suggesting that an immigration deal could be tackled in two phases — first by taking care of the so-called Dreamers and border security, then by making comprehensive reforms to the immigration system.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking a bipartisan compromise to avoid a government shutdown, President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that an immigration deal could be reached in two phases — first by addressing young immigrants and border security with what he called a "bill of love," then by making comprehensive changes that have long eluded Congress.

Trump: Border wall must be part of any DACA deal

  Trump: Border wall must be part of any DACA deal President Donald Trump pressed for action on immigration Thursday, saying "our current immigration system fails Americans" and advocating for his infamous wall on the Southern Border. "Any legislation on DACA must secure the border with a wall," the president said, flanked by Republican senators who came to the White House for a meeting on the subject. He also demanded future legislation further restrict visa overstays and so-called "chain migration," and end the visa lottery — which Trump still incorrectly describes as names being picked out of a "hopper" at random.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is suggesting that an immigration deal could be tackled in two phases — first by taking care of the so-called Dreamers and border security, then by making comprehensive reforms to the immigration system.

President Donald Trump is suggesting that an immigration deal could be tackled in two phases _ first by taking care of the so-called Dreamers and border security, then by making comprehensive reforms to the immigration system.

Trump held a lengthy meeting with Republican and Democratic lawmakers seeking a solution for hundreds of thousands of young people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. Trump last year 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 in the country. He gave Congress until March to find a fix.

The president, congressional Republicans and Democrats expressed optimism for a deal just 10 days before a government shutdown deadline. Trump expressed a willingness to be flexible in finding an agreement.

"I think my positions are going to be what the people in this room come up with," Trump said during a Cabinet Room meeting with a bipartisan group of 20 lawmakers. A group of journalists observed the meandering meeting for an extraordinary length of time — about 55 minutes — that involved Trump seeking input from Democrats and Republicans alike in a freewheeling exchange on the contentious issue.

Trump at one point suggested bringing back "earmarks," or money for pet projects requested by lawmakers, as a way to bring the two parties together and avoid divisions.

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 the second phase.

House Republicans said they planned to soon introduce legislation to address border security and the young immigrants. Trump said, "it should be a bill of love."

‘A real disconnect’: Trump administration offers conflicting signals on potential deportation of ‘dreamers’ .
Experts warned that undocumented immigrants who lose work protections if Congress fails to strike a deal on DACA program are likely to be caught up in president’s pledge to target hardened criminals for removal.Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said this week that immigrants who have lived in the country illegally since they were children remain a low priority for removal — behind felons, suspected terrorists and those with outstanding deportation ­orders.

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