Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Trump turns focus to immigration

Trump turns focus to immigration

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday that the White House had opened up a bipartisan, bicameral meeting on immigration with President Donald Trump to the press because the White House wanted the public to see "how we are working and leading to move the ball down the field to come up with real solutions".

Ryan said that bipartisan negotiations are also ongoing to figure out an extension for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and a package to lift spending caps.

"If you want to take it that further step, I'll take the heat", Trump told Republican Sen. The second phase would involve comprehensive immigration reform. Trump says he wants any immigration deal to include funding for a border wall with Mexico and a tightening of immigration restrictions.

When Sen. Mazie Horono, D-HI, challenged Trump for supporting a border wall that would cost $18 billion, Trump countered, "We can do it for less".

The goal of the meeting was to hammer out a temporary spending bill likely to include an extension of President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program, or DACA, for some immigrants brought into the United States as minors.

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Trump, at certain points in the meeting, appeared partial to the two-phased approach, but it's unclear what precisely he meant by the term "comprehensive immigration reform" and what such legislation would include.

Meeting with Republicans and Democrats at the White House today, Trump said he wants funding for a massive border wall and an end to chain migration and visa lotteries. Trump, however, gave Congress until March 5 to consider the issue.

Republicans, Ryan added, want to make sure that the package, however, is "balanced", so that the US doesn't have a DACA program five to 10 years from now.

His comments came during a rare, lengthy public meeting with bipartisan members of Congress.

Graham is a longtime advocate of a pathway to citizenship for immigrants.

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Many of the Dreamers are from Mexico and Central America and have spent most of their lives in the United States, attending school and participating in society.

Trump ended the program a year ago, citing legal challenges by states, but gave Congress until March 5 to negotiate a deal that would allow "Dreamers" to stay legally.

Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the House of Representatives, said a DACA bill could win support for passage even though there are differences between the parties over constitutes necessary border security.

At the meeting, two GOP lawmakers, Rep. "There are obviously differences, however, Mr. President, on how you affect that".

These discussions are part of broader talks on protecting Dreamers and enacting additional immigration law changes, including beefed up border security.

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