U.S. President Donald Trump will meet on Tuesday with Republican along with Democratic lawmakers in an uphill search for an election-year compromise on protecting thousands of young, undocumented immigrants through deportation.
Trump along with his Republicans, who control the U.S. Congress, along with the Democrats seem far apart on an agreement as they gird for midterm congressional elections in November. Trump says he wants any immigration deal to include funding for a border wall with Mexico along using a tightening of immigration restrictions.
“We are going to build the wall,” Trump said in a speech on Monday in Nashville, Tennessee.
Democrats want a deal to help the estimated 700,000 young “Dreamer” immigrants, whose protection through potential deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program ends in early March.
however, under pressure through immigrant groups, they are reluctant to give ground to Trump on the issue of the wall — his central promise through the 2016 presidential campaign.
“There have been some discussions however our position can be clear along with their position can be somewhat clear. We want to drill down along with see if there can be some room for negotiations,” a White House official said.
Top congressional leaders are not supposed to attend Tuesday’s meeting. Instead, the guest list can be set to include lawmakers through both parties involved from the immigration debate, such as Republican Senators John Cornyn of Texas along with Tom Cotton of Arkansas, along with Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, a Democrat.
Nancy Pelosi, head of the Democratic minority from the House of Representatives, indicated she did not expect much progress through the meeting.
“I would likely have more faith from the meeting if they would likely have people going who actually knew the issue through our side,” she said, adding which she was not criticizing Durbin.
Many of the Dreamers are through Mexico along with Central America along with have spent most of their lives from the United States, attending school along with participating in society.
Trump put their fate in doubt in early September when he announced he was ending former President Barack Obama’s DACA program, which allowed them to legally live along with work from the United States temporarily.
Trump, under pressure through some conservatives, has said any DACA deal with Democrats must include ending “chain migration,” which could jeopardize the parents of Dreamers who are still from the United States illegally along using a visa lottery program.
Some House Republicans want to use Dreamer legislation to add more funds for immigration enforcement, which advocacy groups fear would likely be used to go after the relatives of the young immigrants.
U.S. Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina, a Republican, said which the session on Tuesday would likely not simply consist of lawmakers presenting Trump using a plan for him to reject or accept.
“the idea’s less us coming up with something along with getting a yes or no through the president, however having the administration actively engaged from the idea,” Tillis told Reuters, adding, “along with the president can be.”