Jan. 9 (UPI) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he wants to sign a “bill of love” that would protect young immigrants in the country under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program while also heightening security along the southern U.S. border.
Trump met with 15 Republicans and 10 Democrats at the White House. After about one hour in front of cameras and the media, they went into closed session, where both parties agreed to negotiate on four keys area of immigration, including protection for the so-called Dreamers who benefit from the Obama-era DACA program, according to the White House.
“President Donald J. Trump just concluded a successful bipartisan and bicameral meeting on immigration reform,” the White House said in a statement. “During the closed-door portion of the meeting, they reached an agreement to negotiate legislation that accomplishes critically needed reforms in four high-priority areas: border security, chain migration, the visa lottery and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy.”
Earlier, the president expressed hope that several aspects of immigration could be agreed to by Democrats and Republicans.
“I feel having the Democrats in with us is absolutely vital because it should be a bipartisan bill,” the president said in the Cabinet Room. “It should be a bill of love. Truly. It should be a bill of love. But it also has to be a bill where we’re able to secure our border. Drugs are pouring into our country at a record pace. A lot of people coming in that we can’t have.”
The DACA program, implemented under former President Barack Obama, expires March 5 under an executive order from Trump. Then, beneficiaries who entered the country as young children risk being deported.
“You folks are going to have to come up with a solution,” Trump said. “And if you do, I will sign that solution.”
The Senate needs 60 votes to pass legislation and with only 51 Republicans, they need help from Democrats, who are opposed to
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