Politics Trump says he will not sign immigration deal without wall funding

23:35  10 january  2018
23:35  10 january  2018 Source:   The Hill

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During a joint press conference with Trump and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, the Washington Examiner‘s Sarah Westwood asked Trump if he would sign an immigration deal passed by Congress that does not include funding for a border wall .

Mark Krikorian, executive director at the Center for Immigration Studies, says Trump ’s willingness to forego wall funding doesn’t bode well for any other Republican proposals to be part of a deal .

a man wearing a suit and tie © Provided by The Hill President Trump said Wednesday he will not sign an immigration deal that does not include funding for a border wall.

"It's gotta include the wall," Trump said at a press conference with Norway's prime minister. "Any solution has to include the wall."

"We need the wall for security, we need the wall for safety, we need the wall for stopping the drugs from pouring in."

Trump sought to clarify comments he made Wednesday, when he told lawmakers he would sign just about any immigration deal they put on his desk.

The president also signaled that he believes lawmakers on both sides of the aisle can work on a bipartisan solution to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Trump met with a bipartisan group of more than 20 lawmakers on Tuesday about finding a legal fix to the Obama-era program.

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.

President Trump said Wednesday he will not sign an immigration deal that does not include funding for a border wall . Trump sought to clarify comments he made Wednesday, when he told lawmakers he would sign just about any immigration deal they put on his desk.

Asked during a press conference with the prime minister of Norway if he ’s willing to sign a deal that does not include wall funding , Trump said : “No, it’s going to include the wall .” Trump said “any solution has to include the wall because without the wall it all doesn't work.”

The talks come amid a federal judge's decision to temporarily block Trump's ending of DACA, which the White House called "outrageous."

"I would imagine that the people in the room, both Democrat and Republican, I really believe they're going to come up with a solution to the DACA problem, which has been going on for a long time," Trump said at Wednesday's press conference.

"And maybe beyond that immigration as a whole, but any solution has to include the wall because, without the wall, it all doesn't work."

The debate over DACA also comes as lawmakers are rushing to meet the quickly approaching deadline to fund the government through September. Democrats are under pressure to make a DACA fix part of the spending bill, while Republican leaders want it to instead be a stand-alone package.

Updated 3:55 p.m.

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