Trump says Democrats are 'AWOL' on immigration


That framework, which Democrats swear can't pass the Senate, draws from a House bill that would limit family reunification immigration, end the diversity visa lottery program, and authorize billions for the construction of a wall ― all in exchange for providing a legislation solution for the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration program that Trump ended but has said he supports.

Thune, the chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, told reporters that a bill that addresses DACA recipients and border security alone "may be the best we can hope for", but Meadows called that a "nonstarter" in the House. For instance, he could put the White House's bill up for a vote and demonstrate quite easily that it doesn't have the votes to pass, while also allowing Democrats to vote on other amendments to shape a final product. "If we're going to solve the problem, let's solve the problem".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said last month that he would open debate on an immigration bill if a bipartisan accord on addressing DACA were not reached by February 8.

The issue is also tied up in a long-running standoff between Republicans and Democrats over federal spending levels, with Democrats threatening to block appropriations bills until immigration is addressed.

Trump also sought to pushback on Democrats framing of the immigration discussions as working to protect "Dreamers", a term used to refer to recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, a program that protected undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children.

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In the Senate, where GOP leaders will need Democratic votes to advance any immigration bill, there has been more appetite for a compromise bill.

That deadline is seen as somewhat artificial because of a federal court ruling last month blocking the rescinding of DACA.

Republicans had mixed legislative success past year: enacting a $1.5 trillion tax overhaul but failing to make good on a key campaign promise to repeal and replace Obama's signature healthcare law. Democrats have called Trump's plan on chain migration untenable and unfair while others in GOP leadership have said they don't imagine giving DACA recipients a path to citizenship without it.

"If they don't approve something within that sphere, that means very simply that they're not looking to approve it at all".

But Trump's remarks and the pending deadline stand to keep attention on one of the most pressing and divisive matters confronting the GOP. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said last week it held Dreamers "hostage to a hateful anti-immigrant scheme". More than 40 Republicans, including nine committee chairmen, have announced they are leaving Congress or will not seek re-election.