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Cornyn Says Democrats Hold Spending Bill Hostage on Immigration

10 January 2018

The comments came during a almost hour-long conversation between the roughly two dozen lawmakers, the President and White House staff that the press was allowed to record - a window into the hard negotiations that still surround the issue of replacing DACA, which protected young undocumented immigrants who came to the USA as children from deportation, and border security.

Meeting with Republicans and Democrats at the White House today, Trump said he wants funding for a massive border wall and an end to chain migration and visa lotteries.

The President at times suggested he would be looking to sign everything from a stand-alone fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program - set to expire in March - to comprehensive immigration reform, often appearing to being guided by lawmakers in the room to modify his positions.

Congress returns this week with the clock running down on efforts to save a program protecting young immigrants brought here illegally as children as part of the bill to keep the government funded. Trump previous year ended the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which shielded more than 700,000 people from deportation and gave then the right to work legally.

"I don't think we're just going to be able to solve border security with a physical barrier because people can come under, around it and through it", said Sen.

Yet it seems that Trump is remarkably willing to trade a largely pointless border wall for a less stringent immigration policy than perhaps his base had expected.

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Separately, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, said Tuesday that another short-term spending bill to buy more time for negotiations is "likely".

Trump also said he hoped to pursue a "comprehensive" immigration bill after lawmakers strike a deal on the dreamers.

Conservatives quickly sounded alarms about a process that would lead to a comprehensive agreement on immigration, a path that has always been anathema to many rank-and-file Republicans.

Two state lawmakers are putting forward a series of anti-crime proposals, including one they say would boost police retention by allowing for $15,000 bonuses for veteran officers.

"If you don't have the wall, you don't have security", Trump told the lawmakers. Dick Durbin, D- Ill. told Trump he would find Democratic support on some elements of border security.

"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. Now, a few days ago, Donald Trump said he asked congress for more funding so that we can begin building this wall. But in the meeting he indicated a willingness to compromise with Democrats, whose votes are needed in the narrowly divided Senate. "Truly, it should be a bill of love and we can do that".

Cornyn Says Democrats Hold Spending Bill Hostage on Immigration