Will Trump Sell Out His Base for a Border Wall Fantasy?

Donald Trump embraces role as negotiator in chief on immigration

Donald Trump embraces role as negotiator in chief on immigration

Democrats face a political challenge ahead if they cut a deal to protect Dreamers this month: Explaining how they gave President Donald Trump the "wall" their party faithful loathe.

"We've been talking about DACA for a long time", Trump said, referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program formed in 2012 through an executive order by former President Barack Obama that allowed those who were brought to the USA illegally as children to stay and work without fear of deportation. Democrats and Republicans are set to resume negotiations Wednesday.

Conservatives quickly sounded alarms about a process that would lead to a comprehensive agreement on immigration, a path that has always been anathema to many rank-and-file Republicans.

These discussions are part of broader talks on protecting Dreamers and enacting additional immigration law changes, including beefed up border security.

The talks come amid growing pressure to enact a legislative solution for the so-called Dreamers - young immigrants who have lived in the USA illegally since they were children.

But the exchange raised questions about how far Trump would push for his high-profile border wall.

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 U.S. immigration system - something Democrats widely oppose.

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At a White House meeting with Republican and Democratic members of Congress Tuesday, Sen.

"Maybe we can do something", Trump said.

"We don't oppose building a wall, but that's certainly not our first priority", said Eric Ruark, director of research at NumbersUSA.

The immigration talks at the White House are occurring as Trump and Congress face a January 19 deadline to reach agreement on US government spending through the end of September, after they already were forced three times to agree on temporary budget plans when they were unable to reach a longer-term deal. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, asked Trump if he would support a "clean" DACA bill now with a commitment to pursue a comprehensive immigration overhaul later. "I'll take all the heat you want to give me, and I'll take the heat off both the Democrats and the Republicans".

"It was clear in the meeting that "wall" did not mean a structure", said Hoyer, the second-ranking House Democrat. Republicans especially have pushed for the administration to draw clear lines around what would be a doable deal, giving them cover with the base to compromise and giving them leverage with Democrats to move the debate forward. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., one of the most vulnerable Democrats, cautioned that she's not yet seen details, but said there was "certainly a border security package I could accept".

The immigration talks pit a president who made the construction of a border wall a central piece of his 2016 campaign against congressional Democrats who have sought to preserve the Obama-era protections for the young immigrants. "So that's where the negotiations are taking place". Trump added if the group presents him with a plan he does not like he would support it anyway. "During the closed-door portion of the meeting, they reached an agreement to negotiate legislation that accomplishes critically needed reforms in four high-priority areas: border security, chain migration, the visa lottery, and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy". Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., one of the attendees.

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