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10 January 2018, 12:26 | Bernice Figueroa
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President Donald Trump urged Congress on Tuesday to reach a compromise on the fate of millions of undocumented migrants who came to the USA as children, but did not give ground to Democrats over his plans for a border wall.
Hoyer said Trump himself mentioned fences and technology.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump opened up the curtain of Washington negotiations as he invited the press to stay for almost an hour and broadcast a Cabinet Room meeting with Democratic and Republican lawmakers Wednesday.
But immigrants' rights activists concede any eventual DACA agreement will need Trump's support to make it palatable to Republicans. The source said Trump told them beforehand the press would come in for the top.
Trump expressed the necessity for increased border security by referencing the drug trade's malign effects.
"If you want to take it that further step, I'll take the heat", Trump responded. And Republicans control both the Senate and House.
"Drugs are pouring into our country at a record pace, a lot of people are coming in that we can't have", Trump said. Trump challenged the group to "put country before party" to get a deal done. Democrats say they see room to negotiate on a deal that's primarily border security infrastructure, combined with a pathway to legal status for DACA recipients.
The kind of "wall" many Republicans believe is realistic varies greatly from the hundreds-of-miles-long concrete barrier that Trump may have imagined when he campaigned for president.
The goal of the White House meeting was to discuss how to reach an agreement between Democrats and Republicans, while still accomplishing the President's push for a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico and other changes to the USA immigration system - something Democrats widely oppose. Ruark's group wants DACA negotiations to focus on a proposal to hold employers accountable for hiring illegal immigrants - above immigration enforcement.
Yet it seems that Trump is remarkably willing to trade a largely pointless border wall for a less stringent immigration policy than perhaps his base had expected.
Earlier Tuesday, during a meeting with lawmakers on immigration, the president said he envisioned a two-part immigration plan.
Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. suggested an "easy way out" of the stalemate.
Separately, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, said Tuesday that another short-term spending bill to buy more time for negotiations is "likely". Yes, but Mexico will pay.
"If you only build a wall, only a 'wall, ' without using technology, individuals, drones, observations, etc., you're not going to secure the border", Sen.
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