Actual DACA deals won’t happen in televised meetings.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill) has been on the front lines of Congress’s immigration debate for more than a decade, but after he left a meeting with President Donald Trump on the issue Tuesday, he said his “head is spinning.”
Legislators convened in the White House to see if they could make any headway on a legislative fix for the now-sunsetting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — what many Democrats say is a prerequisite for averting a government shutdown on January 19. The meeting, by all accounts, was a doozy.
In the extended bipartisan meeting, which was televised and mostly open to the press, Trump appeared to agree to almost everything presented to him — even if it came from Democrats.
He said he would “like” to pass a “clean” DACA bill, that would restore protections for upwards of 700,000 undocumented immigrants against deportation, and would “take the heat” politically for comprehensive immigration reform. In the past, that’s meant policy with a path to citizenship — a stark break the views espoused by his immigration hardliner advisers and supporters.
“We are going to do DACA, and then we then we can start immediately on the Phase 2 which would be comprehensive immigration — I would like that,” Trump said. “I think a lot of people would like to do DACA first.”
At one point in the meeting, Trump seemed so amenable to Democratic demands that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) had to jump in and remind Trump of the Republican position on DACA: that any agreement needs to come with substantial border security.
Republican senators returned to the Capitol Building saying the conversation with Trump “narrowed” negotiations to four factors: the legal status of DACA recipients, border security, family-based immigration, and the visa lottery Read More Here