Trump Calls For DACA Fix, Still Wants Wall

Aaron Brown
January 10, 2018

First, they are demanding a compromise that would include extending President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals protections for 800,000 immigrants, he said.

Trump has sent mixed messages on immigration since Democrats and Republicans have begun negotiating a possible deal.

"The Democrats have been told, and fully understand, that there can be no DACA without the desperately needed WALL at the Southern Border and an END to the frightful Chain Migration & ridiculous Lottery System of Immigration etc", Trump tweeted in December.

Some immigration advocates agreed that a deal would likely involve boosted border security, including some measures to buttress physical barriers such as reinforcing fences and augmenting other existing structures. "Our own border patrol chiefs have said that". "And if there's other elements that have to be included in a broader deal to get signed into law, this is a foundation for that conversation".

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn made the point directly to Trump during the meeting, saying that House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell both told the President at a legislative retreat with Republicans over the weekend that only a bill with Trump's support would move forward for a vote. "Because I respect them", he said.

Trump's equivocation was the opposite of what lawmakers have long sought from the president.

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"I think my positions are going to be what the people in this room come up with", Trump said during a Cabinet Room meeting with a bipartisan group of 20 lawmakers, adding, "I am very much reliant upon the people in this room". Va., another endangered Democrat, said Trump is "going to call it a wall", adding, "but I think most of us realize you have to have border security".

And the President has expanded on that demand, now including an end to so-called "chain migration" - a term that refers to the process by which immigrants can eventually bring relatives to the country, part of the USA immigration system's focus on family reunification - and to a diversity visa lottery that he has cast as a peril to national security.

"If we don't fight like hell on this, some people in our base are going to say, 'Why bother?'" said Frank Sharry, executive director of America's Voice, a leading pro-immigration advocacy group.

He also called for an end to "chain migration" and to the green card lottery system. It will save a couple minutes or a few seconds. 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, even as he ended the DACA program, has occasionally voiced sympathy for the plight of the young immigrants, many of whom only know the U.S.as their home.

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