Trump reportedly asks why 'people from s**thole countries' come to US

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"Just like the way the women protested for their rights, we're gonna keep pushing for the Dream Act and something more permanent for all of us", said Platas. But Serrano, who immigrated to the USA from Mexico at age 8, said he's hopeful Congress can reach a bipartisan deal to salvage the program.

"This bill funds the border wall and secures ports of entry along the southern border".

That meeting led to Trump's decision this week to task his trusted chief of staff John Kelly to play point on immigration as lawmakers debate a border wall and the fate of young people brought into the country illegally as children, a senior White House official told McClatchy.

The Trump administration announced in September it would phase out DACA over six months, giving Congress time to enact a solution. I want safety and security for our people. Then, beneficiaries who entered the country as young children risk being deported. It targets Reps. Carlos Curbelo and Illeana Ros-Lehtinen and 32 other Republican members of Congress who signed a letter saying they would vote for a DACA bill.

The DACA program, implemented under former President Barack Obama, expires March 5 under an executive order from Trump. Democrats think this helps them, that it makes the president look, in the words of one aide, racist.

But until now, Trump's support has been contingent on Congress appropriating money to build a wall on the U.S. "But we do need a wall for a fairly good portion". "But we know that we need a lasting solution that goes beyond the configuration of this lawsuit". As a kid, he explains, "if I wanted to go to play soccer at the local park, I had to be mindful that I had to have my green card or my documents with me to prove that I was a USA citizen".

"We want to have a DACA compromise", House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin told reporters.

The bill also includes several provisions that Trump has not said are necessary to reach a DACA deal, but that immigration hawks have long argued are needed to eliminate the "pull factors" for illegal immigration.

Other lawmakers say they have been frustrated they had repeatedly asked the administration to provide them with a more specific list of immigration priorities and they had not received a response.

Jessica Azua is one of about 800,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients hanging on to hope and holding tight to a dream of one day building a life without fear, a life without limits.

McCarthy's group includes the four No. 2 leaders in the House and Senate, which includes Durbin, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland and Sen. Trump said, the Washington Post reported, according to two people briefed on the meeting.

The group's proposal also did not fully end family unification, also known as "chain migration", and only delayed the ability of Dreamers to bring in some other family members, including their adult siblings.

Adding to the confusion is a separate bill released by House Republicans on Wednesday, which included a slew of hardline immigration measures that Democrats insist are nonstarters. Federal agencies will shut down unless lawmakers pass a bill financing them by January 19, and legislators are also trying to reach agreement on a budget deal financing government for the rest of this year.