Trump tries to fix govt. shutdown over phone

While a foreseeable pathway to getting some kind of bill on the president's desk faces significant hurdles, Democrats are facing an inevitability regarding the immigration issue: funding for President Donald Trump's long-desired wall along the US-Mexico border will have to be included. "It's going to happen, at some point in the future, over a period of 10 to 12 years", Trump told reporters.

"That's a discussion point", said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because there was no authorization to discuss the issue publicly.

A one-page memo sent to congressional Republicans Thursday afternoon backs a 10-12-year path to citizenship for not just the roughly 700,000 enrolled in the expiring DACA program, but for other "DACA-eligible illegal immigrants" who are in the US illegally and were brought to the country as children.

Alexander said he was doing no such thing, suggesting she's confusing him with her boss Trump, whose campaign slapped an ad on the air, just hours into last week's government shutdown over the two political parties deadlock over immigration, announcing Democrats therefore are complicit in any murders perpetrated by immigrants.

Congress agreed to extend funding to February 8, but Republicans promised to allow debate on the future of the young illegal immigrants.

The White House will release a "legislative framework" for an immigration deal on Monday that it believes can earn bipartisan support, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said. The four principles being border security, an end to chain migration and the diversity visa lottery, and an amnesty for DACA recipients.

Another issue is the unaccompanied minor and family unit program, which Trump has called "one of the largest loopholes in USA border security".

"This statement represents presidential leadership on immigration that will allow us to solve a hard problem".

"After the Vegas shooting, you said it was an unspeakable tragedy from that podium, said it was a day for consoling survivors and mourning those who we lost".

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., an immigration hawk whom Trump has consulted during the negotiations, said on Twitter that a path to citizenship for dreamers "must be done responsibly, guaranteeing a secure & lawful border & ending chain migration, to mitigate the negative side effects of codifying DACA".

The White House had indicated that it would not reopen negotiations on immigration until the shutdown ended.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday withdrew an offer to fund Trump's border wall.

House Judiciary Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte of Virginia and other House Republicans have introduced their own immigration bill that the White House has signaled the president would sign.

  • Joey Payne