If there's no wall, there's no DACA fix Trump appears to call out Samsung over missing Federal Bureau of Investigation text messages Trump Commerce pick told lawmakers he would look at reversing Obama move on internet oversight: report MORE on Wednesday said he is open to offering young immigrants a pathway to citizenship over 10-12 years.
Trump said he was optimistic he could come to an agreement with both Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Congress that would appeal to hardliners seeking tougher rules for immigrants while also preventing the roughly 700,000 "Dreamers" from being deported.
"Tell them not to be concerned, OK?" After delaying the briefing for almost an hour, Trump's aides made a decision to postpone it until Thursday as they tried to reconcile their plans with the president's words.
"We're going to morph into it".
The reporters had gathered for a briefing from a senior official detailing the administration's plans to stick to a restrictive immigration agenda when the president dropped in unprompted, shortly before departing for Davos, Switzerland, pre-empting the official. The bill is similar to DACA in that it would protect undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States from a young age from deportation. Earlier on Wednesday, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said administration officials would release a "legislative framework" on Monday that will be created to emphasize conservative demands for tougher immigration enforcement and border protection. Graham had been one of the architects of the bipartisan plan rejected by Trump.
"It's going to happen at some point in the future over a period of 10 to 12 years", he said, according to news reports - though he cast citizenship not as a guarantee for all, but as an incentive for Dreamers who become productive members of society.
"With this strong statement by President Trump, I have never felt better about our chances of finding a solution on immigration".
White House: Trump to release immigration plan on Monday
Mr. Schumer said the pressure was on Republicans to move toward Democrats with a plan to save the Dreamers before the March 5 phaseout.
"Today's DACA recipients can be tomorrow's Trump Dreamers", he said.
After the meeting, Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill expressed cautious optimism to reporters about Trump's framework, saying "that could go either way", when asked if it will be helpful to lawmakers. The house passed it on Thursday, the day before the government shutdown.
The temporary spending measure Congress passed on Monday funds the government until February 8 - and if the immigration standoff is not resolved, it could lead to another government shutdown dispute in less than two-and-a-half weeks.
That contradicts his Justice Department and Homeland Security secretary, who have told Congress and the federal courts that DACA is illegal and can not be maintained or extended.
They came just hours after the White House announced that it would release a "legislative framework" for immigration reform on Monday that was acceptable to both Democrats and Republicans.
For immigration legislation to be enacted into law, the House of Representatives ultimately would have to pass a bill identical to whatever the Senate approves.