Cassidy: Immigration deal depends on democrats supporting border security again

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In a statement, White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders thanked the lawmakers on behalf of Trump and said the legislative proposal seeks to comply with the main priorities of the President for U.S. citizens.

For Dreamers, the bill would grant them a new legal status with three-year work permits and the right to travel outside the USA - a congressionally approved enhanced version of the current DACA program - but no special pathway to citizenship.

During the conversation Trump also questioned why the U.S would want to accept people from countries like Haiti and said the USA should want more people from countries like Norway, the aides said. The surprise was first reported by The Washington Post.

Trump said he wanted a "clean DACA bill", a reversal from his administration's September announcement to end the program for nearly 700,000 young people who were brought to the US illegally as children.

The White House issued a statement rejecting "weak and risky stopgap measures" on immigration but did not deny Trump's remarks.

"We have been working for four months and have reached an agreement in principle that addresses border security, the diversity visa lottery, chain migration/family reunification, and the Dream Act", the group of Senators said in a statement.

"The so-called bipartisan DACA deal presented yesterday to myself and a group of Republican Senators and Congressmen was a big step backwards", Trump tweeted.

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Cotton told reporters when he returned to Capitol Hill after the White House meeting, "There is no deal".

JEFF FLAKE: We're at a deal, and so we'll be talking to the White House about that. Flake added that "it's the only game in town".

Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, introduced the bill alongside Republican leaders of several other House committees and subcommittees related to immigration and national security.

"Honestly", Perdue told reporters, "we're not that far away". They say Trump said the USA should allow more immigrants from places like Norway. Lindsey Graham of SC and Dick Durbin of IL, had finally agreed on a plan to shield hundreds of thousands of immigrants with DACA - the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program - from being deported.

Late on January 9th, Judge William Alsup blocked the Trump administration's attempt to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA. Failure could affect government operations. It is possible Trump would jettison his requirements about "chain migration" and the diversity visa lottery, things that interest serious immigration restrictionists more, if he could boast of progress toward building the "big, lovely wall". These were border security, family-based "chain migration", a visa lottery that draws people from diverse countries and how to revive the DACA program.

Short said he believes that if the U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear the DACA lawsuit, by former Department of Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano against current DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, the high court would ultimately end the program, so a legislative fix is the best approach. He justified his yes vote on the tax bill by tweeting he had secured a commitment from the administration and senate leadership to "enact fair and permanent protections for DACA recipients".

The judge did not rule on the merits of the case but said the plaintiffs would suffer irreparable harm if the Trump administration ended DACA before the legal dispute is resolved.

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