Trump signals he could endorse immigration deal

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Let me pick up on what happened after that White House meeting on immigration President Donald Trump hosted on Tuesday - the one he turned into an nearly hour-long show, with Sen.

"Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" was the name of Obama's executive action, which clearly invokes selective enforcement. "We need the wall for security...we need the wall for safety...we need the wall for stopping drugs from pouring in".

Flake is one of six members of a bipartisan panel working to bring Democrats and Republicans together.

Immigration hardliner Senator Tom Cotton, a Trump ally, called the proposal "a joke" after the White House meeting, saying it didn't go far enough in particular to end immigration family preferences.

BAL Analysis: Tuesday's ruling was welcomed by supporters of the DACA program, but the administration is likely to appeal the ruling.

Congress has until March to come up with a fix for DACA.

The program, known by its initials DACA, protects from deportation between 700,000 and 800,000 young people illegally brought to the United States as children. Richard Durbin of IL - a leader of the bipartisan Senate group - was among the seven lawmakers at the noontime meeting. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Cory Gardner, R-Colo.; Michael Bennet, D-Colo.; and Bob Menendez, D-N.J., says their proposal should be able to obtain 60 votes in the Senate.

"It's not even a fig leaf".

"It's got to include the wall".

"That could've been done four months ago", the California Democrat complained about the lack of minority involvement and the meeting of House and Senate leaders that took place earlier this week.

A bipartisan group of US senators on Thursday reached a tentative agreement on legislation to protect young "Dreamer" immigrants from deportation, along with other immigration policy changes, and is attempting to build support for the deal in Congress. This is the time but, day by day, they are blowing the one great opportunity they have.

The United States needs secure borders, and immigrants who commit violent crimes should be subject to deportation.

Also under consideration, according to congressional aides, is a plan to restructure the "diversity" immigrant visa program so that it no longer operates via a lottery system.

In addition, they proposed a down payment of the $1.6 billion requested by the administration this year on border security, limits to the ability of recipients to sponsor family members and an end to the diversity lottery and reallocation of those visas in part to cover people who were under Temporary Protected Status.

Republican leaders distanced themselves from the bipartisan group.

Congress has to make a budget deal by January 19 or face shutting down the federal government - except for essential services. And we ran into Senator John Cornyn.

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake told reporters Thursday that a bipartisan group of senators had reached an agreement. And, Chuck, I will say when this group comes back - hopefully with an agreement - this group and others from the Senate, from the House comes back with an agreement, I'm signing it.

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