Trump at bipartisan meeting: No wall, no DACA
President Donald Trump urged Republican and Democratic lawmakers to come together and create a bill that protects hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants — provided it also funds his border wall.
In a bi-partisan meeting today at the White House, Trump pledged to sign any bill that protects beneficiaries of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA program.
But border security protections have to be part of it.
Trump said without the border wall, Americans don’t have security.
Trump and his fellow Republicans have been unsuccessful at reaching a deal with the Democrats — who are reluctant to fund his border wall — a campaign promise he wants to fulfill.
But time is running out. The DACA program ends in early March — putting an estimated 700,000 young immigrants at risk of being deported.
The immigration discussions are part of a bigger series of talks over issues ranging from funding the federal government through next September.
“I feel having the Democrats in with us is absolutely vital. This should be a bipartisan bill. This should be a bill of love, truly this should be a bill of love. We can do that.”