President Trump, “…find a solution on immigration.”
Tuesday, US President Donald Trump urged lawmakers to find a bi -partisan solution to protect thousands of young, undocumented immigrants from deportation, and repeated his demand that any agreement must include funding for a border wall with Mexico.
At a White House meeting of Republican and Democratic lawmakers, President Trump said he would sign any bill that gives protection to young “Dreamer” immigrants as long as it had the border security protections he has sought.
“If you don’t have the Wall, you don’t have security,” President Trump told the lawmakers.
President Trump and his fellow Republicans, who control the Congress, have been unable to reach agreement with Democrats on a deal to resolve the status of an estimated 700,000 young immigrants whose protection from potential deportation under the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), the program ends in early March.
The immigration negotiations are part of a broader series of talks over issues ranging from funding the federal government through next September to renewing a children’s health insurance program and giving US territories and states additional aid for rebuilding following last year’s hurricanes and wildfires.
Top congressional leaders attended the hour-long meeting, including lawmakers from both parties involved in the immigration debate, such as Republican Senators John Cornyn of Texas and Tom Cotton of Arkansas, and Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL).
A top Congregational Democrat said after the meeting, that a DACA bill could win support for passage even though there are differences between the parties over what constitutes necessary border security.