"Put a fork in Trump, he's dead", the outspoken author and once-fervent Trump ally wrote. Given the poisonous politics of this Congress, such an effort would be doomed to failure - and leave the Dreamers stranded without relief six months from now.
The administration asserts that the program, created through executive order by then-President Barack Obama, is unconstitutional because it circumvents powers granted to Congress.
Mr Trump, in a series of early morning tweets, disputed the characterisation of a private White House dinner on Wednesday night by his guests, Senator Chuck Schumer of NY and Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the top Democrats on Capitol Hill. It was not clear whether they agreed that the goal should be for dreamers to eventually have a path to citizenship.
Trump insisted Thursday that he would only make a deal in exchange for "extreme security, if we get not only surveillance but everything that goes along with surveillance".
"We're not looking at citizenship".
"These are intelligent, capable young people", Middlehof said. "The president wasn't negotiating a deal last night. We've been fighting for something more permanent for a really long time", she said. The court of public opinion has already spoken: "the vast majority of Americans agree Dreamers should be here to stay; so now it's time to fight in every way we can- and on multiple fronts- in the court of law".
"So, we're learning now how he wants to operate", Sessions added in a measured tone of voice.
"That swamp he was gonna drain. he has jumped into that swamp", the caller said.
He appeared revived that tactic this week when he invited Senator Schumer and Ms Pelosi to the White House to resolve the contentious issue of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a policy that saved almost 800,000 foreigners who illegally entered American soil as minors from being kicked out of the country.
King said he does not believe Trump has changed his mind on the wall, but acknowledged Trump had "telegraphed a diminishment of the resolve" he had during the campaign.
Late Wednesday night after news of the deal broke, Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity seemed to suggest Trump had been duped by Pelosi and Schumer, but that if he capitulated, it would be "over" for him.
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DACA recipients work in OR, pay taxes, are eligible for employer-based health insurance and contribute to the state economy, supporters say. It also highlighted a trending topic on Twitter: #AmnestyDon. Trump said there was no deal.
That's right: President Donald von WallBuilder, who commanded his minions to destroy DACA, is now backtracking and working with Democrats to allow the program, which defers deportation for some immigrants and children of immigrants who entered the country illegally, to remain intact.
Traveling to Florida Thursday, he tried to reassure his base he hadn't given up.
That was the case earlier this week when I came across a letter from a gentleman writing to support the elimination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
But Democrats have decried the bill as an overly broad attempt to give the government the power to criminalize virtually any immigrant or group of people helping them.
The House's foremost immigration hard-liner, GOP Rep. Steve King of Iowa, addressed Trump over Twitter, writing that if the reports were true, "Trump base is blown up, destroyed, irreparable, and disillusioned beyond fix".
House Republicans would normally rebel over such an approach, which many view as amnesty for lawbreakers. "I have a love for these people and hopefully, now Congress will be able to help them and do it properly".
"He's kept his promises on the campaign trail".
Though it's understandable to want to fix immigration laws within the states, putting innocent workers and children at harm's way is not the way to go.
"He wants to get things going and you see that some of these things have to be bipartisan", Collins said.
"I have no intention of picking a fight with the Georgia Legislature", said Kiss.
"Sen. Casey and Democrats are fighting for illegal immigrants".