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Path to citizenship for some 'dreamers,' if wall funded

26 January 2018

Democrats, wanting a deal for the "Dreamers" - illegal immigrants brought to the USA as children who will be at risk of being deported in March - held back on federal funding until Republicans agreed to a discussion on the issue.

President Donald Trump is addressing demands that he act on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an Obama-era initiative providing legal protections for children of illegal immigrants that the Trump White House suspended.

In exchange, the White House wants an immigration measure to include $25 billion for a border wall, though the memo concedes that border security "takes a combination of physical infrastructure, technology, personnel, [and] resources".

CBS News Radio correspondent Steve Portnoy asked Sanders to respond to Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer's criticism that negotiating with Trump is like "negotiating with Jell-O".

Trump so far has rejected bipartisan proposals to continue DACA, leading to the standoff between Republicans and Democrats in the Senate that resulted in a three-day government shutdown that ended on Monday. Trump decided last fall to end the program by March 5, and Congress has since failed to reach agreement with the White House about how to extend it.

"The White House will release a legislative framework on Monday that represents a compromise that members of both parties can support. We encourage the Senate to bring it to the floor".

"You'll have wives and husbands and you'll have sons and daughters, and you'll talk about parents, the parents is a tricky situation because they came here illegally", Trump said.

"After decades of inaction by Congress, it's time we work together to solve this issue once and for all", she said.

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"I think your faith can help you get through the good and the bad days", Sanders said.

It is unclear whether several of Trump's priorities in October are part of the current negotiations, including the introduction of mandatory e-verify, which proponents say is critical to stopping the continual flow of illegal immigrants.

House Judiciary Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte of Virginia and other House Republicans have introduced their own immigration bill that the White House has signaled the president would sign.

Trump is the 45th President of the United States.

Sen. Chris Coons of DE said an ultra-conservative plan from the White House "absolutely could" destabilize the bipartisan talks.

Earlier Wednesday, South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham, one of almost two dozen senators trying to find a bipartisan immigration compromise, told Roll Call the group is merely trying to craft the best bill possible.

Meanwhile, Senators started a fresh search Wednesday for compromise immigration legislation, while President Donald Trump and his lawyers reportedly were gearing up for the prospect of an appearance before the Justice Department's special counsel office investigating Russian Federation collusion. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said. "I took our thing off - they took their thing off the table, I took our thing, we're starting over".

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Path to citizenship for some 'dreamers,' if wall funded