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During a Tuesday White House meeting between Democrat and Republican members of Congress, President Trump looked very much like someone agreeing to a broad-brush deal that would provide a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants. While the meeting was called in order to negotiate a short-term deal that would protect undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children as well as avoid a government shutdown next week, Trump said he would be willing to “take the heat” from his hardline supporters if there was also money for a border wall and an end to chain migration included in any deal.
At one point during the meeting, Trump appeared to agree with Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA), only for House Republican Kevin McCarthy to remind President Trump what the GOP position on the issue was.
Nevertheless, Trump repeatedly mentioned how the two sides need to find common ground. “I really do believe Democrat and Republican, the people sitting in this room, really want to get something done,” Trump said.
Democrat Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois said that Democrats would support some border security measures, but their primary focus was on codifying DACA protections before deportations can begin. “Lives are hanging in the balance,” Sen. Durbin said.
As with previous instances where Trump has appeared to be amenable to letting Dreamers stay in the U.S., Ann Coulter is taking this all (not) very well.