McConnell says DACA bill would include some other items

For more than a year, Republicans have tried to downplay Trump's border wall, ignore it, even blast it. Members of the GOP who have spent decades on immigration reform have reiterated time and time again that a border wall is hardly the most effective way to secure the border. During this six-month period, the Trump administration called on Congress to pass permanent legislation.

It was a brilliant maneuver that showed Trump ready and eager to compromise as various Democrats and Republican leaders squirmed a little.

According to reports, Donald Trump is set to meet with developers to begin looking at different prototype concepts for his border wall following his upcoming State of the Union address.

Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., right, listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with lawmakers on immigration policy in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Washington.

But over the course of the meeting, Trump changed his mind.

Trump at one point suggested bringing back "earmarks", or money for pet projects requested by lawmakers, as a way to bring the two parties together and avoid divisions.

"To me", Trump responded, "a clean bill is DACA and security". House Majority Leaders Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., then added quickly that Republicans want security included. That's $33 billion that you, and I, and everyone you know, and everyone you don't know in this country paid into taxes because we actually believed that by paying our taxes this country was going to take care of is, and instead Trump wants to spend 33 billion of those dollars on a border wall that will literally do absolutely nothing to solve the fake problem that he believes exists.

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Here's what immigration reformers are up against.

But Democrats have long drawn a line in the sand on the wall, defeating funding it at every turn so far.

Democrats counter that additional physical barriers along the border with Mexico wouldn't necessarily be the same as the massive, endless wall Trump vowed to build. That is, Trump needs Democrats to support this measure.

Democrats want a deal to help the estimated 700,000 young "Dreamer" immigrants, whose protection from potential deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program ends in early March. "So that's where the negotiations are taking place".

Now Trump has called for an initial $18 billion in USA taxpayer funding for the wall, a proposal Democrats uniformly are opposed to, along with some Republican lawmakers.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said "responsible immigration reform" would cover "DACA as well as those priorities and principles".

He added that any bill addressing immigration should be "bipartisan", and a "bill of love", though he maintained that it would necessarily include ending "chain migration" and scrapping the diversity visa-lottery program.

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