Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Trump, in vulgar terms, rejects bipartisan immigration proposal at White House meeting

Trump, in vulgar terms, rejects bipartisan immigration proposal at White House meeting

The administration and lawmakers are under pressure to find a breakthrough before a deadline next week that could lead to a government shutdown.

The order by U.S. District Judge William Alsup issued late Tuesday says safeguards against deportation must remain in place for the almost 690,000 immigrants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program while a legal challenge to ending the Obama-era program proceeds.

But Trump also added, "There are large areas where you don't need a wall". And the additional border-security spending proposed by the administration, including thousands of new Border Patrol agents, is largely a waste.

Then he said he'd sign whatever Congress sent him. It's not what I want. "It strikes me as wildly wrong", Cornyn told reporters.

That's not leadership, but it's typical for Trump, who doesn't specialize in details.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra brought the lawsuit together with the attorneys general for Maine, Maryland and Minnesota, as well as the University of California, DACA recipients and others.

It was Donald Trump's decision to end DACA, which protects undocumented men and women brought into the United States illegally when they were children. These people generally didn't break immigration law of their own volition, and immigrants are eligible only if they haven't committed felonies.

"They've grown up here, this is all they know, and having the fear of maybe having to go back to their home is very scary for a lot of these young people", she said.

But in an afternoon of drama and confusing developments, three other GOP lawmakers - including two hardliners on immigration - were also in Trump's office for Thursday's meeting and said it did not produce the results Graham and Durbin were hoping for.

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Trump even flashed some give on his cherished plan to build a wall along the border with Mexico, perhaps his highest profiled pledge from last year's presidential campaign.

A person familiar with the meeting told CNN that Illinois Democratic Sen.

Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., searched for wiggle room, insisting that "Democrats are for security at the borders; I want to state that emphatically". Congress can approve funding for additional technology and staffing that can more effectively enhance security than prehistoric techniques like a wall. Like other nations that have merit-based immigration, President Trump is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation.

Trump still wants his border wall, though he had toned down what that means.

He says Trump wants to welcome immigrants who "contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation", and will always reject "temporary, weak and risky stopgap measures" that he says "threaten the lives of hardworking Americans" and undercut other immigrants.

In a joint statement after the meeting, the six senators in the Durbin group noted their deal hit those four points and pledged to work to seek support from colleagues, without acknowledging the setback.

Alsup said in his ruling the federal government did not have to process new applications from people who had never before received protection under the program.

Immigration policy always spurs a debate. Sadly, there's nothing in recent history that suggests such a debate is possible in the current political climate. Perhaps that can be a springboard to further reforms.

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