Trump has given Congress until March to come up with a plan to protect the almost 700,000 young people who had been protected from deportation and given the right to work legally in the country under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.
Senate Democrats are now faced with the prospect that they will have to allow for funding of a partial border wall in order to give President Donald Trump a bill he would sign into law. Trump decided last fall to end the program by March 5, and Congress has since failed to reach agreement with the White House about how to extend it.
NBC's Peter Alexander grilled White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders on Wednesday, demanding a presidential statement from Trump letting Americans know "how he feels" about school shootings. He added that addressing the status of their parents, who entered the United States illegally, was "tricky".
Sanders, named as White House press secretary in July 2017, spoke with Baptist Press (BP) about her time in the role so far and how her Christian faith intersects with her work. "You said there's a time and place for political debate", he asked. "In October, after the Vegas shooting, you said it was an unspeakable tragedy from that podium".
Another priority that hasn't been mentioned recently is Trump's plan to strengthen the removal process and impose tougher penalties on visa overstayers.
Earlier Wednesday, South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham, one of almost two dozen senators trying to find a bipartisan immigration compromise, told Roll Call the group is merely trying to craft the best bill possible.
After the meeting, Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill expressed cautious optimism to reporters about Trump's framework, saying "that could go either way", when asked if it will be helpful to lawmakers.
The White House has come under fire from critics for its response to the shooting at Marshall County High School, which left two students dead and injured 18 others. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said.
A bipartisan group in the Senate led by Durbin and Graham presented a proposal to Trump last week that attempted to address his concerns.
She said the legislation represents a compromise that members of both parties can support and includes the four areas that both sides have agreed to negotiate-securing the border and closing legal loopholes, ending extended-family chain migration, canceling the visa lottery, and providing a permanent solution on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). "I hope the President will say, here's what we need and here's what we'll stick with".