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The Tuesday meeting came ahead of a January 19 government funding deadline Press was allowed to record the session for nearly an hour Washington CNN President Donald Trump appeared to contradict himself multiple times in a meeting on immigration with a bipartisan group of lawmakers Tuesday -- a reflection of growing frustration from Capitol Hill about the lack of direction from the White House on the issue.
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.
The comments came during a nearly 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 difficult negotiations that still surround the issue of replacing DACA, which protected young undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children from deportation, and border security.
Trump holds meeting with bipartisan lawmakers over immigration At the end of the session, Trump suggested that ultimately, he would sign whatever he was presented with.
Because I respect them. Jeff Flake and James Lankford after the meeting both said the meeting was surprisingly helpful and they appreciated the President adding some clarity to the discussions, while noting hammering out the details remains to be worked out.
Lankford acknowledged that the meeting got "confusing," saying though Trump at the beginning defined "DACA" as a deal that included DACA plus border security and two other areas of reform, it was unclear during some parts of the meeting.
The White House declared the meeting a success in a statement released Tuesday afternoon. Trump just concluded a successful bipartisan and bicameral meeting on immigration reform," press secretary Sarah Sanders said in the statement.
Trump's equivocation was the opposite of what lawmakers have long sought from the President. Republicans especially have pushed for the administration to draw clear lines around what would be a doable deal, giving them cover with the base to compromise and giving them leverage with Democrats to move the debate forward.
Asked if Tuesday provided the clarity that lawmakers have been asking for, Lankford said there was still more to be done. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, suggested to Trump that Congress could pass the "Dream Act" alone, which would provide a path to citizenship for DACA recipients and which has been Democrats' starting point demand, and then turn to comprehensive reform.
When Trump indicated he would agree to that, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said border security would have to be part of the package, prompting Trump to say that's what he thought Feinstein meant, and then a flurry of clarifications.
Trump said his version of a "clean" deal would include DACA, border security, ending "chain migration" or family-based migration, and ending the diversity visa lottery. But those issues are commonly thought to only be achievable in a comprehensive immigration deal.
Trump then both endorsed doing comprehensive immigration reform sooner and later. Lawmakers working on a DACA deal have long fought to keep the bill narrow, saying adding more into it would only make it collapse under its own weight.
House conservatives prep own DACA bill Trump said he would "take the heat" if lawmakers wanted to move toward comprehensive immigration reform, saying they were "not that far away" from it.
But then a few minutes later, Trump said DACA could come first and reform could come down the road, or immediately after. I do believe that. Because once we get DACA done if it's done properly with security and everything else, if it's done properly, we have taken a big chunk of comprehensive out of the negotiations.
I don't think it's going to be that complicated. The Tuesday meeting came ahead of a January 19 government funding deadline that Democrats are pushing to include DACA and a host of other issues. This story has been updated to include additional developments.The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act (CIRA, S.
) was a United States Senate bill introduced in the th Congress (–) by Sen. Arlen Specter [PA] on April 7, Co-sponsors, who signed on the same day, were Sen. Chuck Hagel [NE], Sen.
Mel Martínez [FL], Sen. John McCain [AZ], Sen. Ted Kennedy [MA], Sen.
Lindsey Graham [SC], and Sen. Sam Brownback [KS]. The United States must adopt an immigration system that serves the national interest. To restore the rule of law and secure our border, President Trump is committed to constructing a border wall.
The Senate passed the immigration reform bill 68 to 32 on Thursday afternoon. (Sandi Moynihan/The Washington Post).
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