Trump, Key Lawmakers Negotiating Immigration Policies

A section of the U.S-Mexico border fence separating Nogales Arizona and Santa Cruz Mexico.                       CNN

A section of the U.S-Mexico border fence separating Nogales Arizona and Santa Cruz Mexico. CNN

But since the Dems are going to the wall to get DACA approved, Trump upped the stakes when he demanded other immigration enforcement measures be included along with DACA legislation, including funding for the president's border wall - a provision that enrages the Dems base as much as not getting DACA illegals legalized.

Trump last year ended a program championed by former president Barack Obama that protected from deportation 690,000 or more young immigrants who years ago were brought illegally into the U.S.by their parents. But in exchange, Trump wants a number of immigration-related measures, including increased security to thwart more illegal immigration along the southern US border with Mexico by constructing a wall he vowed during his 2016 presidential campaign would be built and paid for by Mexico.

Trump remarked that the group was not far away from comprehensive immigration reform and that if they want to take that final step, they should do it, as he is willing to take the heat for both Republicans and Democrats.

"I don't think she's gonna run", Trump said, responding to a question from a reporter.

"I'm still confident we can get a DACA fix".

Trump allowed cameras and media to watch the discussion for almost an hour.

House Republicans said they planned to soon introduce legislation to address border security and the young immigrants.

Grassley said he wanted to add to what Cornyn and Graham had said about the necessity of Trump's working with them.

"It was like being in a 9th grade civics class", the source said.

Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., right, listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with lawmakers on immigration policy in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Washington.

Furthermore, following his request to congress for that $33 billion, he also said that Mexico's still going to somehow pay for this, even though, 1) they don't want it 2) they've told us they're not going to do it, and since it's going to be build on American soil, they have no obligation to pay it, and 3) it'll already be paid for, so what the hell do they care? What I approve will be very much reliant on what people in this room come to me with.

"We have a great spirit going in the Republican party", the President added. That's an argument GOP lawmakers who want a deal are making to Trump to convince him he has maximum leverage now that will wane.

"Democrats are for security at the border", Hoyer told Trump during the meeting.

It was a brilliant maneuver that showed Trump ready and eager to compromise as various Democrats and Republican leaders squirmed a little.

The intervening months have not improved relationships between Kelly and Democratic lawmakers.

Trump then both endorsed doing comprehensive immigration reform sooner and later.

Democrats have been pushing for what Sen.

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