Trump's confusing, contradictory performance at a public immigration debate

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"Because I respect them".

Speaking in the Cabinet Room in the White House with Republican and Democratic lawmakers, Trump urged people to "put country before party" but said he would not protect hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants from deportation without funding for a border wall and a series of immigration changes.

Trump only this week became more active in trying to broker a deal. In October, the White House issued a long list of demands in exchange for a DACA deal. A framework for a compromise is expected next week. "I think a lot of people would like to see that but I think we have to do DACA first".

At one point, Sen.

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.

Yet Democrats and Republicans are still far apart on border security and other immigration provisions that would be needed to clinch a deal on the matter.

How the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program came to be and who it helps.

That's an argument GOP lawmakers who want a deal are making to Trump to convince him he has maximum leverage now that will wane.

Hillary Clinton carried the districts represented by Hurd, Culberson and Sessions districts in 2016, and all three races have Democratic challengers raising serious money. And yeah, they're going to have border patrols there to make sure that doesn't happen, just like we already have now that clearly isn't stopping the problem enough for republicans. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

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"[Trump] can call it anything he wants", Blumenthal added, but Democrats will support only smarter border security, such as improved surveillance in the form of drones and border personnel.

The goal of the meeting was to hammer out a temporary spending bill likely to include an extension of President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program, or DACA, for some immigrants brought into the United States as minors.

But immigrants' rights activists concede any eventual DACA agreement will need Trump's support to make it palatable to Republicans.

Conservatives quickly sounded alarms about a process that would lead to a comprehensive agreement on immigration, a path that has always been anathema to many rank-and-file Republicans.

"If we do this properly - DACA - we're not that far away from comprehensive immigration reform", the President said at one point.

Trump has been anything but clear on what he'll accept, even on his signature wall. A House committee approved a version of the senator's bill past year. But the basic framework of Cornyn's plan could offer Democrats their best shot at a DACA deal.

There are about 780,000 DACA recipients living in the country. Trump said, 'it should be a bill of love'. According to the Times, the administration has requested cuts or delays in funding for traditional border-security measures in order to secure the necessary $18 billion over 10 years that the wall is expected to cost.

Republicans and Democrats are set to meet with President Donald Trump on Tuesday about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, the program that allows immigrants who came to the U.S.as children to work and live without fear of deportation.

The extended immigration negotiations also seemed calculated to push back against an Axios report claiming Trump is spending an increasing amount of time tweeting and watching TV - labeled "executive time" - and not showing up to the Oval Office until 11:00 a.m. each day.

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