Trump rejects immigration deal floated by bipartisan group of senators

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Bargainers seeking a bipartisan immigration accord planned talks as soon as Wednesday as President Donald Trump and leading lawmakers sought to parlay an extraordinary White House meeting into momentum for resolving a politically blistering issue.

Trump ran on a hardline immigration platform during the 2016 presidential election, promising to end DACA and strengthen border protections to increase jobs for US workers.

Democrats such as top negotiator Dick Durbin of IL had long vowed they would not fund the wall, but are accepting the request as part of a broader plan that protects from deportation about 800,000 younger immigrants illegally brought to the country as children.

Following this, Donald Trump attended a bipartisan meeting on immigration-which led to his latest scandal, his commentary on "shithole" countries.

Then, in the first week of 2018, The Wall Street Journal reported that Trump clarified what he had in mind: $18 billion for his "big, lovely wall".

The President will only accept an immigration deal that adequately addresses the visa lottery system and chain migration - two programs that hurt our economy and allow terrorists into our country.

As for immigration, Trump rejected the DACA deal because the approach by the bipartisan group of senators who negotiated it wasn't comprehensive enough.

Outside the West Wing after Tuesday's meeting Durbin told reporters, "My head is spinning with all the things that were said by the president and others in that room".

Democratic votes are needed to advance such legislation, but top Democrats including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY won't agree to a budget deal unless DACA is dealt with first. "So we'll be talking to the White House about that and I hope we can move forward with that". "It's the only game in town", Flake said.

Two of the bargainers - No. 2 Senate Democrat Richard Durbin of IL and Sen. "It strikes me as wildly wrong", Cornyn told reporters.

"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used", Trump wrote in a tweet.

Trump made the remarks when Democratic Senator Dick Durbin and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham briefed him on the newly drafted, bipartisan immigration bill, according to two sources who asked not to be identified.

"We've got a long ways to go", Short said.

Trump announced a year ago he would rescind the DACA program, arguing his predecessor overstepped its authority.

New guidelines from the attorney general in 1980 and 1981 instructed the federal government to stop normal operations during a funding gap, so gaps before those dates did not result in a full government shutdown. Alongside it was a document outlining a "vision" for Trump's border wall: 700 miles, at a cost of $18 billion. These were border security, family-based "chain migration", a visa lottery that draws people from diverse countries and how to revive the DACA program.

R-Va., joins Here & Now's Meghna Chakrabarti to discuss the bill, one of several proposals being floated as lawmakers try to reach an agreement on a DACA "fix" before the program expires in March.

"One is the status for the DACA recipients, which we all want to protect", Short said.

"This carefully crafted legislation, which is aligned with the White House's immigration priorities, combines enforcement measures and increased border security to enhance public safety, ensure the door remains open to law-abiding immigrants, and restore the rule of law", Goodlatte said in a written statement.



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