Following a bipartisan meeting between a group of U.S. lawmakers at the White House today, Sarah Sanders announced that Republicans and Democrats agreed to do something they haven’t done in a very long time: work together.
As Sanders noted at the daily White House press briefing, lawmakers agreed to work toward an immigration bill that focuses on four areas: border security, so-called chain migration, the visa lottery system and the plight of ‘Dreamer’ immigrants. The agreement was apparently reached during a closed-door portion of the meeting held earlier today.
Here is Sanders summarizing the key parameters of an immigration bill that could ultimately avoid a government shutdown:
.@PressSec on bipartisan immigration meeting: “@POTUS is setting himself up to achieve what everybody in that room agreed they wanted to see happen, and that is a deal on DACA, a deal on border security, talking about chain migration, and VISA lottery.” pic.twitter.com/rlQMvuZrsD
— Fox News (@FoxNews) January 9, 2018
In efforts to set a conciliatory tone, Trump basically implied that he would pass any immigration bill that was negotiated on a bipartisan basis and sent to the White House for his approval. As the USA Today notes, Trump’s approach to immigration reform would apparently separate the issue into two segments with the first involving a trade that would give democrats the DACA programs while granting the White House funding for the border wall.
President Trump promised Tuesday to sign what he called a “bill of love” to extend protections to 800,000 immigrants who entered the United States illegally as children — if Congress can work out the details.
“You folks are going to have to come up with a solution. And if you do, I will sign that solution,” Trump told 25 lawmakers in a remarkable, freewheeling negotiation at the White House with reporters in the room.
But funding for a border wall remains a sticking point, as Trump insisted that border security remain a part of any deal to replace the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that temporarily protected immigrants who came to the United States as children.
“A clean DACA bill to me is to take care of the 800,000 people,” he said. “We take care of that, and we also take care of security. And then we can go to comprehensive (immigration reform) later on.”
“We want to have a DACA compromise. We want to make …read more