US Republicans unveil bill on immigration with wall funding

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"It is time for Congress to give us a lasting solution that will leave no doubt that the Dreamers are American and they are here to stay", Becerra said.

Commenting on the White House meeting, Graham said on Friday that diversity had always been the United States' strength.

The day of the White House meeting, a U.S. District Court judge in San Francisco temporarily blocked Trump's decision to rescind DACA, saying the U.S. government must start accepting renewal applications again from current beneficiaries of the program.

WASHINGTON ― Immigrant rights advocates are urging undocumented young people to hold off from rushing to reapply for deportation relief ― or celebrating too much ― after a federal judge ordered the Trump administration to reopen much of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program on Tuesday. Richard Durbin told Trump that under the proposal, a lottery for visas would be ended.

"I'll take all the heat you want... but you are not that far away from comprehensive immigration reform", the president said.

White House spokesperson Raj Shah did not deny Trump's "shithole" remark, but instead emphasized in a statement the President "is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation".

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told media following the meeting that leadership had agreed to negotiate four issues: border security, so-called "chain" migration, the visa lottery, and DACA policy.

However, after previously hinting that a "Clean DREAM" act *could* be possible, President Trump retreated Wednesday back to a familiar position.

Trump during the meeting referenced Goodlatte's bill and suggested that the administration favorably views the measure. We're going to address - in Mr. McCaul's bill, we're going to address interior enforcement, but not everything that the administration had on its list.

Lawmakers are working on negotiating a deal but remain far apart on numerous issues.

Though Congress has until March to reach a deal, legislators on both sides of the aisle say they're "very close" to submitting a final draft, and may propose a floor vote by next week. Alsup's ruling puts a temporary stop to that, and we're glad to see the federal courts taking a stand. "That is big. And I hope the media recognizes that we can dispel this myth that we're going to create the Western Hemisphere equivalent of the Chinese wall". 'If they come to me with things I'm not in love with, I'm gonna do it, because I respect them'.

On Twitter, the president later clarified that he does consider DACA and border wall funding to be tied together. I think that's basically what Dick [Durbin] is saying.

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