Trump delivers remarks at the GOP retreat

by Antonio Miles February 3, 2018, 9:18
Trump delivers remarks at the GOP retreat

Trump said previous year that he would end on March 5 a programme that was set up by former President Barack Obama to protect the Dreamers from deportation, and he urged Congress to act before that date.

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-NC, the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, said he was puzzled that the issue is not on the retreat's agenda.

Trump said that his immigration framework was "generous" and even "flexible" but warned Democrats about making more demands.

Some Republicans have indicated they want a full-year of defense spending attached to a short-term bill, and conservatives in the House have suggested they won't support another short-term bill unless the House votes on the hardline immigration bill they support.

"Under the current broken system, a single immigrant can bring in virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives", he said, but promised to allow immigrants to sponsor only spouses and minor children, as "it would protect the nuclear family".

Many Senate Republicans who have been in talks with Democrats on the issue believe that the focus should be a narrower bill: one that addresses the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and Trump's border wall.

Trump plans to urge lawmakers at a GOP retreat in West Virginia to back his plan for a pathway to citizenship for almost 2 million young immigrants, in exchange for $25 billion for his border wall and major restrictions in legal immigration.

"The priorities of Republicans in Congress are the priorities of the American People".

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"Nearly seven in 10 Americans support an immigration reform package that includes a permanent solution on DACA, secures the border, ends chain migration, and cancels the visa lottery".

Amid the optimism were nagging questions about whether lawmakers will enact immigration changes or deadlock over Trump's calls for a wall along the Mexican border and a path to citizenship for young immigrants here illegally.

President Donald Trump on Thursday will formally ask Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to use the White House's immigration overhaul framework as the legislative vehicle he introduces during a coming floor debate on the issue.

"My view is ultimately the fallback position that could pass the House and Senate and get signed would be DACA and border security", he said.

To that end, Trump and Vice President Pence are much more closely aligned with their congressional allies than any time in this young administration.

In the Senate, where GOP leaders will need Democratic votes to advance any immigration bill, there has been more appetite for a compromise bill. "But the other stuff, if the stakes get raised and then other issues enter the conversation it gets more complicated, and it gets harder to pass in the House". Still, Democrats and Republicans in the chamber remain far apart.

"We have to be willing to give a little in order for our country to gain a whole lot", Trump said.


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