Trump, Bipartisan Lawmakers Discuss Immigration Reform

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He said serving the "needs of American families, workers, and taxpayers" are his ultimate aims, and said he wanted to get something done to help DACA recipients. Wall funding wasn't included in a stopgap year-end funding bill, nor was it ever considered when Democrats thought they'd struck a deal on DACA with Trump this fall.

Their bill provides a way to enact DACA through legislation instead of as an Obama Administration order that Trump declined to renew in September, giving DACA its current March end date.

"Seems to me that Democrats are holding that deal hostage for a DACA negotiation and we are meeting at the White House tomorrow on a bipartisan basis with the President to see what that might look like", said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn. "We are dealing with this problem today because Congress has failed to enforce our laws and secure our borders".

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. And, if Republicans can convince Trump to accept more money for border security overall as a win on the wall.

A White House spokeswoman says a judge's ruling against the Trump administration involving a program that protects young immigrants is "outrageous".

"It's an incentive for people to do a good job, if you want to know the truth", Trump said.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge William Alsup granted a request by California and other plaintiffs to prevent Trump from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program while their lawsuits play out in court.

The Department of Justice has said federal government is acting within its authority to wind down the program.

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.

President Trump speaks during news conference with Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway in the East Room at the White House Wednesday.

Trump last year ended a program championed by former president Barack Obama that protected from deportation 690,000 or more young immigrants who years ago were brought illegally into the their parents. In exchange, Trump and Republicans want toughened border protections and tightened restrictions on others trying to migrate to this country.

Lawmakers also consider him a more rational negotiating partner than White House senior adviser Stephen Miller, who has ruled on Trump immigration policy.

"And during their lifetime, leaders in Washington have not been able to reach an agreement to fix the broken immigration system that allowed them to enter in the first place".