Trump on Thursday rejected a pitch from a bipartisan team of senators on a compromise immigration deal to protect DACA participants while increasing border security. At the time, the White House gave some beneficiaries whose DACA statuses expire before the March date one final chance to renew their statuses. John Cornyn of Texas, the GOP whip, as he headed toward the session. In a tweet on Friday, Trump denied using the word "shithole", but Durbin insisted that the president had indeed said it. SHIFT IN TONE The tone of discussion had looked very different early on Thursday. "But it's not going to be done by just a subgroup of the Republican conference or the Democratic caucus".
Trump said during the meeting that he would "take the heat" if Congress is willing to take the further step of providing a path to legal status for the 11 million or so undocumented immigrants now residing in the U.S.
However, immigration legislation has been much harder to pass in the House over the last decade, and members there have had some complaints about the substance of the current negotiations in the Senate. Can be reduced by up to two years for time in US under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the Obama-era initiative Trump wants to terminate.
As for the effort on DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program started by the Obama Administration, the group of six Senators - three Democrats, three Republicans - saw their work product differently, arguing they were following the President's directions to find common ground on this hot button issue. Democrat after Democrat has said they will not accept a deal to codify DACA in exchange for a wall.
Democrats are nearly certain to balk the GOP bill, especially because it does not offer a path to legal permanent residence or citizenship for DACA recipients.
"It will be a full decade before any Dreamer gets citizenship and the right to vote". Trump said, according to people briefed on the meeting who spoke with The Washington Post.
Trump on Friday pushed back against the reports about his remarks. The money would fund a partial construction of a fence along the border, technology and the training and retention of border patrol agents. "Ending" chain migration was a key stated goal of Republicans in these talks. They would, however, be able to stay in the country under a protected status. Later, after TV cameras left, he listed other wishes, such as different rules for legal migration and getting rid of a diversity immigration program. These are people who came here, majority illegally, but were given a protective status because of events in their country like earthquakes.
The bishops also "are pleased to see the mutual understanding that ensuring protection for these young people should be the first step in the systematic reform of our outdated immigration laws", said Bishop Joe Vasquez of Austin, Texas, referring to those now protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.