His comments came during a rare, lengthy public meeting with bipartisan members of Congress. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) asked Trump whether he would support a "clean DACA bill now with a commitment that we go into into a comprehensive immigration reform procedure", alluding to previous iterations of immigration legislation that offer a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants.
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In the highly unusual, 45-plus-minute negotiations that aired on news networks afterward, a bipartisan group of lawmakers debated whether to enact a two-phased approach to immigration reform, in which the first component resolved the soon-to-be terminated Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and the second tackles broader reforms to the United States immigration system.
"Democrats are for security at the border", Hoyer told Trump during the meeting. I don't care. I don't care. Lindsey Graham of SC at one point. "But you are not that far away from comprehensive immigration reform". Democrats have threatened to risk a shutdown if they do not get a DACA extension, although they backed off from a similar threat in December. So if we're not going to tackle the problem of home-grown domestic terrorist that walk into a church and shoot up people, or walk into an elementary school or a movie theater, then why the hell should we spend $33 billion to keep out one or two people who may or may not be risky?
"I really think that a lot of people are going to agree with us now on that subject", he said.
He added that any bill addressing immigration should be "bipartisan", and a "bill of love", though he maintained that it would necessarily include ending "chain migration" and scrapping the diversity visa-lottery program.
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"It got confusing at times, in fact he said later, 'I just want a clean DACA and we'll do a comprehensive later, ' and some of us said, 'Whoa, what do you mean by that?' And he came back to those four items", the Oklahoma Republican told reporters afterward. The Senate passed a comprehensive bill a few years ago, and it could serve as the outline for a new one.
"Rip off the Band-Aid and give them a green card", said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, one of the groups that usually mobilizes against any effort to grant what they call "amnesty" for anyone who entered the country illegally.
Several Republicans pushed back at different points during the negotiations, including Rep. Kevin McCarthy, who said that no deal on Dreamers could be reached without attaching border security measures to it.
Trump's embrace of a "bill of love" brought to mind his past criticism of former GOP presidential rival Jeb Bush, who said many people come to the USA illegally as an "act of love".
"We've been talking about DACA for a long time", Trump said, referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program formed in 2012 through an executive order by former President Barack Obama that allowed those who were brought to the USA illegally as children to stay and work without fear of deportation.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump opened up the curtain of Washington negotiations as he invited the press to stay for almost an hour and broadcast a Cabinet Room meeting with Democratic and Republican lawmakers Wednesday.
"I feel having the Democrats in with us is absolutely vital because it should be a bipartisan bill". It should be a bill of love.