GOP Lawmakers Tackle DACA, Border Security

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Earlier this week, the president said he would be open to a clean DACA bill, but later clarified that any deal has to include funding for a wall.

Back in November, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tried to deny that Trump called the United States justice system a "laughingstock" by claiming he said the "process" of how our country handles terror attacks "has people calling us" a joke and a laughingstock.

Trump said this a day after he opened to the press nearly his entire meeting with the Congressional leadership on immigration.

That of course led Trump to spit and sputter ignorantly about it, saying it shows that the courts are "broken and unfair". Trump told senators in the Oval Office, a source briefed on the meeting told CNN. "This might not even go forward", said Barbara Pinto, immigration attorney.

Trump said "any solution has to include the wall because without the wall it all doesn't work".


Trump at the meeting urged bipartisan cooperation to address the status of Dreamers, people who immigrated to the USA illegally as minors, as well as border security.

The question did not explicitly deal with whether the wall had to accompany DACA, although a deal taking shape would combine border security and DACA.

The president also said Tuesday that a "clean" DACA bill to him was Dream Act protections plus border security.

Reports of his language that referred to people of color from other countries created a fire storm of criticism from both major parties and critics overseas who said they could not be described as anything but racist.

Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal, a frequent Trump critic, said on Thursday the comments "smack of blatant racism, the most odious and insidious racism masquerading poorly as immigration policy".


Congress must come to some agreement on immigration, with a January 19 deadline for reaching a spending deal quickly approaching and DACA set to expire March 5.

"A resolution to the DACA issue must be part of a global deal on the budget". "By the president saying that, he said that he's not going to veto a bill".

A group of conservative lawmakers came up with a plan, which would authorize a border wall construction and gives DACA immigrants a three-year extension, but with no path to a green card or citizenship.

Though Congress has until March to reach a deal, legislators on both sides of the aisle say they're "very close" to submitting a final draft, and may propose a floor vote by next week.

Trump has a love-hate relationship with the media ever since he started his presidential election campaign.


But Trump also added, "There are large areas where you don't need a wall".

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