10 January, 2018
U.S. President Donald Trump will meet on Tuesday with Republican and Democratic lawmakers in an uphill search for an election-year compromise on protecting thousands of young, undocumented immigrants from deportation. Back in September, President Trump rescinded Barack Obama's executive order creating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and very sensibly sent it back to Congress to come up with a more encompassing immigration solution.
Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., leader of the hard-right House Freedom Caucus, said in a text message after the White House meeting that he opposed the approach Trump suggested. "The pathway to citizenship is the wall for the Democrats".
The problem is that Democrats are "slow walking" the negotiations, trying to force Republicans to accept a deal that would legalize 800,000 children of illegal aliens eligible for the DACA program. "Unless the wall is 35,000 feet high, it's not going to do much to stop those overstaying these visas", Robert Warren, a fellow at the Center for Migration Studies, told the Times. John McCain said in February 2017.
Sanders did not elaborate when asked what border security might look like, nor whether it would entail a physical wall. "We've got the time to do it", said Sen.
But, the wall and the president's appetite for it hasn't gone away.
When Sen. Mazie Horono, D-HI, challenged Trump for supporting a border wall that would cost $18 billion, Trump countered, "We can do it for less".
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The answer may be in semantics. "It is part of a system that will include technology and include more border patrol and it's going to have to be integrated along the entire border and northern border as well so yeah, it's going to be part of it, but what I want to see is a comprehensive security solution and not just focus on one component". But, he added, the program is feasible only if it comes with the long-promised border wall and changes to the immigration system, CNN reported.
During the meeting, Trump also addressed other news, saying he believed a presidential run by media mogul Oprah Winfrey would be fun, but predicting she would ultimately chose to forgo a White House bid despite some enthusiasm among Democrats after she gave a rousing speech at the Golden Globe awards this week. Trump later clarified that there is no agreement without the wall.
"The Democrats have been told, and fully understand, that there can be no DACA without the desperately needed WALL at the Southern Border and an END to the frightful Chain Migration & ridiculous Lottery System of Immigration etc", Trump tweeted in December.
Trump said his version of a "clean" deal would include DACA, border security, ending "chain migration" or family-based migration, and ending the diversity visa lottery.