Thursday President Trump met with Republican members of the U.S. Senate and laid out his plans for a deal on immigration reform, “that will serve the interest of American workers and American families.”
He said, “We’d love to take care of DACA, but we’re only going to do it under these conditions.”
The president said, in return for a DACA program, which would protect an estimated 800,000 young illegal aliens from deportation, he wants Congress to increase border security with patrols, surveillance and fencing.
Trump also said he wants to end chain migration and the visa lottery program.
Vice President Pence noted that Trump has opened the door to an agreement with DACA and said he will enact immigration reform “with a big heart.”
Surprisingly, the president stated that he doesn’t expect a physical wall to be built along the entire 2,200 mile distance.
After the meeting, Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) told reporters, “People want to paint that it’s some 2,000-mile long, 30-foot-high wall of concrete. That’s not what he means and not what he tries to say. There’s going to be border fencing in some areas, there’s going to be vehicular barricades, there’s going to be technology, there’s going to be greater manpower in some areas.”
Lankford added, “He’s been very strong on the visa lottery program. He thinks it’s a foolish way to be able to do immigration policy. It’s just a random selection.”
Thursday evening, President Trump tweeted, “Thank you to the great Republican Senators who showed up to our mtg on immigration reform. We must BUILD THE WALL, stop illegal immigration, end chain migration & cancel the visa lottery. The current system is unsafe & unfair to the great people of our country – time for change!”
Thank you to the great Republican Senators who showed up to our mtg on immigration reform. We must BUILD THE WALL, stop illegal immigration, end chain migration & cancel the visa lottery. The current system is unsafe & unfair to the great people of our country – time for change!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2018
Trump said in response to a reporter’s question, “We are are the point where we can do something spectacular” for Dreamers.
Trump’s message to Dreamers:
“If we have support from the Democrats I think DACA is going to be terrific…I think we are at the point where we can do something spectacular” pic.twitter.com/CDwHaR2XE6
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) January 4, 2018
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