Details of the plan were not immediately available and the proposal promptly met some resistance.
Late last week, they ostensibly got their reply: The White House sent the exact same document it had released in October, outlining an immigration "framework" that posited an overhaul of asylum laws, stepped-up interior enforcement, and a broad crackdown on legal immigration on the scale of the Trump-endorsed RAISE Act.
Republican Lindsey Graham of SC, a member of the six-senator negotiating group, said after presenting the proposal at the White House that he hoped it would lead to "a breakthrough" on immigration.
Mr. Trump indicated that the legislation would be "a good starting point" for his administration to accomplish its immigration goals when Goodlatte mentioned the legislation during the bipartisan meeting of lawmakers held by at the White House Tuesday. On the other side, the White House risks angering Trump's base if it grants a path to citizenship for the DREAMers. But conservatives have been pressing him to stand behind their efforts to curtail new immigration.
"Any solution has to include the wall, because without the wall, it all doesn't work", Trump said.
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"I'm not talking amnesty at all", Trump was quoted on Thursday by the Wall Street Journal. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., proposed a "clean" DACA bill which would protect undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S.as children, and Trump shockingly agreed outright.
But large majorities of Americans, including Democrats and Republicans, want Dreamers to stay. Democratic lawmakers are needed to help pass any spending bills to prevent a government shutdown.
It was the discussion about this provision that led to Trump's comments.
But while all that was going on, Trump was holding a very public meeting, all televised, with Congressional leaders to discuss immigration reform and a bill that would codify DACA. Many Hispanic and liberal members of the party oppose steps toward curtailing immigration such as ending the visa lottery and restricting the relatives that legal immigrants could bring to the U.S. "It pits dreamers against their parents".
COULTER:.And deport these DREAMers who are the worst of the illegals. The department argues the program was an unconstitutional overreach by the Obama administration and that Congress should make immigration policy. National media outlets reported the bill is unlikely to be passed by the Senate in its current form. That would allow beneficiaries of the law to receive three-year renewable legal status. So if a DACA fix is going to pass, it may happen in a very rare circumstance where most of the votes in the House come from the minority party, the Democrats, which means Democratic leaders are going to have to round up votes from members who oppose Trump's border wall and numerous proposed changes to the legal immigration process.