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Trump changes tone on immigration

14 January 2018

But the glimmer could also have been a magician's trick. "This is the time but, day by day, they are blowing the one great opportunity they have. We have to have security, as the Secretary would tell you".

Prototypes of a border wall were built in California past year. But to the extent that he wants to make accommodations for the Dreamers, undocumented residents who grew up in the USA after being brought here as children, we're in full agreement.

But that agreement was cast into doubt the same day when a firestorm erupted after reports surfaced that President Trump, during a meeting with lawmakers over an immigration bill, asked why the US was accepting immigrants from "shithole countries" referring reportedly to immigrants from Haiti and Africa.

Trump scored good reviews, hence the remark about the White House "studio" on Wednesday.

But until now, Trump's support has been contingent on Congress appropriating money to build a wall on the U.S.

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But let's look forward.

Four months later, a bipartisan group of senators announced that they'd reached consensus on a DACA replacement bill: Even though the president and GOP leadership had claimed to support legal status for Dreamers as an end in itself (and thus should have been prepared to support legislation that does nothing but that), Democrats nonetheless agreed to back a Dream Act that includes funding for Trump's border wall, limits on the ability of legal US residents to sponsor their adult children for immigration, and a reduction in diversity visas - provisions championed by Republicans and loathed by the progressive base. National media outlets reported the bill is unlikely to be passed by the Senate in its current form.

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One of the Democratic senators at the meeting, Dick Durbin of IL , confirmed on Twitter that Trump used the term "shithole". That proposal has been strongly opposed by Democrats and many Republicans as a futile waste of money.

Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas said Thursday on the Fox News Channel that any plan surviving Senate scrutiny 'has to include a physical barrier'.

"If you want to take it that further step (comprehensive immigration reform), I'll take the heat", he said. "Our teaching acknowledges and respects the right of sovereign nations to control their borders".

Indeed, Democrats even have shown indications of holding up a bill to fund the government to get a clean DACA bill.

If Congress can get that first deal done, it could then move on to tackle the thornier issues of ending chain migration and moving to a merit-based system. That would be a profound change, and it ought to be discussed in depth and not added on as a pot sweetener for a rushed deal. "It better be good, because that particular issue is really one of the issues that got this president elected". He has complained that foreign countries "give us their worst people", and "put them in a bin" to have their names drawn for an entry visa. Liberals would not get a broader amnesty that includes illegal immigrants who came here as adults; conservatives would not get a reorientation of legal immigration policy to favor the recruitment of high-skilled workers over the reunification of extended families.

Trump on Thursday rejected a pitch from a bipartisan team of senators on a compromise immigration deal to protect DACA participants while increasing border security.

"Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people", White House spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement.

Yes. Absolutely. The issue is timing. It's time to stop using Dreamers as bargaining chips. Fixing DACA is the easy part.

Trump changes tone on immigration