The Immigration Right Deal for the Dreamers - and the Nation

The Immigration Right Deal for the Dreamers - and the Nation

"I always get a kick out of people that go down and spend a few hours [at the border] and think they know the border better than some of us there", Cuellar told Trump at a White House meeting of Republican and Democratic lawmakers.

"If you want to take it that further step, I'll take the heat, I don't care", Trump told lawmakers of a broad immigration bill. Democrats have been supportive of certain border security measures, but have stopped short of supporting a physical wall.

Trump had previously declared several times that any legislation on DACA would have to include funding for a wall along the US-Mexico border and major changes to legal immigration categories.

Congressional leaders have until March 5 to restore deportation protections and work permits for DREAMers after President Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program established by President Barack Obama. "Tony Reardon, the president of a union that represents customs officers, called the moves "shortsighted" and added that they "[pose] a serious threat to border security", and other experts noted that the wall won't do much either to stop drug trafficking (most drugs enter via smugglers who cross the border legally), or to dissuade the majority of undocumented immigrants from entering the country. In order to protect those under DACA, however, Trump shared three goals he expects the upcoming bill to accomplish: enhancing border security, ending chain migration, and eradicating the visa lottery system. "And we can do that", he said. "We have a scope now".

"You folks are going to have to come up with a solution", the President said at one point.

The 2013 bill that passed the Senate, but was not even considered by the House of Representatives, would have allowed most of the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants to become citizens.

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The talks come amid growing pressure to enact a legislative solution for the so-called Dreamers - young immigrants who have lived in the United States illegally since they were children. He said the administration has repeatedly been a disruptive force in negotiations.

"We are going to end chain migration".

Trump presided over a lengthy meeting with Republican and Democratic lawmakers seeking a solution for hundreds of thousands of young people who were brought to the U.S.as children and living here illegally.

Many of the Dreamers are from Mexico and Central America and have spent most of their lives in the United States, attending school and participating in society. Democrats have suggested they would risk a government shutdown if spending bills do not include a measure that helps the almost 800,000 DACA beneficiary population.

Trump, at certain points in the meeting, appeared partial to the two-phased approach, but it's unclear what precisely he meant by the term "comprehensive immigration reform" and what such legislation would include. "There are obviously differences, however, Mr. President, on how you affect that". Democrats will likely raise Monday's announcement by the administration to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 200,000 immigrants from El Salvador, which comes after terminating TPS for many immigrants from Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan. Haitians and other groups have faced similar actions.

Trump has placed great focus on two other demands: ending the diversity program that grants 50,000 visas a year to people from underrepresented countries, and restrictions on how many relatives US citizens can sponsor for visas, which he called "chain migration".

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