"Any bill we pass must improve jobs wages and security for American citizens - the people who elected us", President Trump said.
But Trump also added, "There are large areas where you don't need a wall". Recently, however, he has positioned himself as cheerleader-in-chief for Dreamers, as in this September 14 tweet: "Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military?"
President Trump on Thursday referred to African nations as "s***hole countries" during a meeting on immigration with a bipartisan group of senators, according to a Democratic aide and another person familiar with the conversation.
Second-ranking Senate Democrat Dick Durbin of IL released a joint statement by the six Senate negotiators - three Republicans and three Democrats - that said their plan addresses Trump's insistence on addressing border security, limits to family priority in immigration and an end to a visa lottery to promote diversity.
Trump announced in September that he meant to end the DACA program, which protects some 800,000 young illegal immigrants from deportation.
"This is not a comprehensive immigration reform bill - the president and others yesterday at the White House said that there would be further phases", Goodlatte said in Wednesday's conference.
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Trump, who purportedly questioned Thursday why people from "shithole countries" wanted to emigrate to the United States, asked Congress to create a immigration bill in exchange for funding for the border wall.
For that, he has his critics.
"I was at the White House talking about what I thought was a bipartisan proposal", Graham said following the meeting.
The Republican-run House needs only a majority. "Hopefully they'll eventually come together", Thune said.
"You're playing with people's lives". Some lawmakers of both parties are pushing for a legislative fix to be part of the deal for Democratic support of a spending package that must be passed by January 19 to keep most of the government operating. Sessions' decision would have put almost 800,000 DACA recipients (or, "Dreamers") in danger of deportation as soon as March 5.
"We saw a small window of opportunity that perhaps this could be resolved", said Rep. Adriano Espaillat, D-NY, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee.