"A clean DACA bill to me is to take care of the 800,000 people", he added. The Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which gave safe harbor to "Dreamers", formally ends March 5, although some immigrants have already started losing their protections. Democrats and Republicans are set to resume negotiations Wednesday.
'If you don't have the wall, you don't have security, ' Trump told the lawmakers. Trump noted that a recent terror attack in New York City had been allegedly perpetrated by a man who entered the United States on a family-based immigration category.
President Donald Trump signaled Tuesday he could support a deal to allow hundreds of thousands of immigrants living in the country illegally to keep their status, but only as part of a broader border security deal.
The talks come amid growing pressure to enact a legislative solution for the so-called Dreamers - young immigrants who have lived in the United States illegally since they were children. But a report from The New York Times on Monday makes it clearer than ever that Trump cares less about border security and more about erecting a giant, meaningless monument to his ego. If you honestly believe that Mexico is somehow going to pay for this wall, or that this wall is somehow going to stop illegal immigration, or fix any immigration problems we may have, then you personally are somehow even dumber than Donald Trump.
As Congress and the White House negotiate a deal to legalize almost 800,000 undocumented DREAMers brought to the U.S.as children, they aren't facing the usual pressure from hard-line groups lobbying for lower immigration levels.
Roy Beck, who has led NumbersUSA for over 20 years and jokes that the organization is known as the "great anti-amnesty organization", said: "We're open to it". "We have to have the wall".
And Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, said members of Congress wouldn't face major backlash from his group's supporters if they balance a DACA solution with extensive improvements to immigration enforcement.
Republicans charge that Democrats have all but halted talks on spending caps until there is a resolution on DACA, which gives undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children a chance to stay, work or study in the USA without fear of deportation.
"You are not that far away from comprehensive immigration reform", he told Senator Lindsey Graham, after the Republican senator floated the idea of more sweeping legislation. "It will address DACA in a permanent way, not a temporary short-term thing".
Democratic House Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland said his party was opposed to GOP calls for $18 billion in funding to build the wall.
What a "wall" would look like has been the subject of debate among Republicans.
"Just to be clear you weren't there for the entire negotiation, because the deal didn't take place until after you guys left", Sanders said.
Trump wants a deal that extends DACA but also boosts border security and limits the federal chain migration and visa lottery systems, which he blames for admitting Sayfullo Saipov, the suspect in the West Side Highway truck killings. Trump added if the group presents him with a plan he does not like he would support it anyway.
"We want to make sure that we have interior and border enforcement", he said. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., one of the attendees.