Bipartisan US Senate group crafts 'Dreamer' immigration plan

By Lucia Mutikani and Pete Schroeder

By Lucia Mutikani and Pete Schroeder

But the glimmer could also have been a magician's trick.

Or, he could increase tariffs on imports then try to tell us Mexico is paying for it, but taxpaying USA consumers will eventually be paying for it anyway with higher prices.

"It's kind of like three pillars: DACA cause we all in the room want to do it; border security, so we're not back out here; and chain migration, it's just three items", enumerated McCarthy. But to the extent that he wants to make accommodations for the Dreamers, undocumented residents who grew up in the USA after being brought here as children, we're in full agreement.

During a closed-door meeting to discuss the proposal, Trump reportedly questioned why the USA would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa.

The sticking point is what the cost of compromise might be.

While Trump has said he did not make the remark about Haiti, Sen.

But until now, Trump's support has been contingent on Congress appropriating money to build a wall on the U.S.

In Trump's first year in office, border crossings overall have been down, he has given the Border Patrol the ability to do its job - and then there is DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), which Trump made a decision to end.

But let's look forward.

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Immigration reform is now among the top legislative issues in Washington.

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Some members of Trump's party as insensitive, and many Democrats simply called them "racist".

"If you want to take it that further step (comprehensive immigration reform), I'll take the heat", he said.

A nation has the right to secure its borders and to determine who gets to visit, work and become a citizen.

Indeed, Democrats even have shown indications of holding up a bill to fund the government to get a clean DACA bill.

Trump no longer talks about the "big, handsome wall" spanning the length of the U.S. -Mexico border, as he did in the election campaign, but he is demanding some elements of it as part of any agreement.

Since then, Trump has harped on his desire for the U.S.to adopt a merit-based immigration system, which de-emphasizes migration based on family ties. That would be a profound change, and it ought to be discussed in depth and not added on as a pot sweetener for a rushed deal.

Democrats and many Republicans, including the president himself, profess their desire to shield Dreamers from deportation. The visa program would entirely prioritize skills of people entering the country.

Talks seemed likely to continue Wednesday, and Trump's comments seemed more a reaction against judicial limitations on his powers than a desire to permanently end the immigrants' protections. President Donald Trump ended DACA in September and announced earlier this week his plan to phase out the program.

Instead of training their fire on those who support them, Dreamers and their supporters could use their prodigious energy on the 34 House Republicans who said they support legalization.

Yes. Absolutely. The issue is timing. Those who favor this approach argue that Trump and Republicans would be blamed for the pain of a shutdown, and Republicans would then legalize the Dreamers.

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