Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Immigration bill should be a 'bill of love'

Immigration bill should be a 'bill of love'

In a rare view inside a White House meeting between President Donald Trump and lawmakers of both parties in Congress, television cameras rolled for nearly an hour as the President urged each side to do all they can to find agreement on how to deal with illegal immigrant "Dreamers" along with tougher border security measures, as Mr. Trump even called on the House and Senate to consider a second phase of legislative action on comprehensive immigration reform.

Trump has been reiterating his demands in recent days, seeking various immigration changes, including a fortified wall at the U.S. -Mexico border, an end to a diversity visa lottery system and an end to family-based immigration policies.

But rather than wait another two months to vote on legislation protecting the immigrants in the country under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Democratic lawmakers are pushing to resolve the issue as part of the budget talks.

In the background, details are still being worked out on what a plan to help recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, would look like, and a bipartisan group of Senate lawmakers led by Democrat Dick Durbin of IL and Republican Lindsey Graham of SC continues to negotiate.

Trump announced in September his plans to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, but he gave lawmakers a six-month window to pass a legislative deal before the temporary work permits begin to expire at a rate of almost 1,000 per day. Democrats and some moderate Republicans have resisted funding a border wall at a time when illegal immigration over the Mexico border is at record lows. And, if Republicans can convince Trump to accept more money for border security overall as a win on the wall. "We really want to work it out", Mr Trump said ahead of a meeting with Republican senators.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday appeared to support a comprehensive immigration reform bill but then backed away from the idea during a bipartisan meeting with senators.

But Republicans claim Democrats won't back a long-term spending plan until Congress agrees to shield hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants from deportation. "Because I respect them".

"We don't oppose building a wall, but that's certainly not our first priority", said Eric Ruark, director of research at NumbersUSA.

"Just to be clear you weren't there for the entire negotiation, because the deal didn't take place until after you guys left", Sanders said.

He also called for an end to "chain migration" and to the green card lottery system.

That would be in addition to Trump winning funding for his promised southern border wall and added border security. "We're going to come out with DACA and then we can start immediately on phase two, which would be comprehensive immigration reform", Trump told the room, according to a White House pool report.

She continued: "But I think a number of individuals in the room felt it was a good thing to let you see the cooperation and the conversation between both sides and see how we are working and leading to move the ball down the field and come up with real solutions". Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., one of the attendees.

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