It was reported earlier today that a bipartisan group of senators claim they are reaching an agreement on immigration. The agreement shields undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children from deportation and also includes border security. Fox News reports that it is still unclear whether President Trump and others in Congress will go along with it.
“We have been working for four months and have reached an agreement in principle that addresses border security, the diversity visa lottery, chain migration/family reunification, and the Dream Act – the areas outlined by the president,” said the senators, according to Fox News.
Those who issued the statement were senators Lindsey Graham, Jeff Flake, Cory Gardner, Dick Durbin, Michael Bennett, and Robert Menendez. None of them are considered to be allies of President Trump on immigration. Moreover, the lawmakers did not clarify exactly what it is they have agreed to so far.
President Trump has demanded that any deal include a border wall, which he claims is an essential feature of border security. So long as he can get funding for a border wall, as part of a larger package for border security, Trump promises that he will preserve parts of the Obama-era DACA program, which shields undocumented persons brought to the United States as children.
"Any solution has to include a wall because without the wall it all doesn't work," he said. "We need the wall for security. We need the wall for safety. We need the wall for stopping the drugs from pouring in."
Trump, who is willing to compromise so long as he gets funding for a border wall, has received resistance from the Democratic Party, who believe a border wall is inhumane, unnecessary, and costly.
According to The Hill, President Trump has remarked that renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will help to pay for his long-promised wall along the US-Mexico border.
In an interview, Trump remarked that he claims a "good deal" with NAFTA could return money to the United States that will, he hopes, pay for the wall. In this regard, Trump claims that Mexico will indirectly pay for the wall through a renegotiation of the NAFTA agreement.
The Washington Times reports that Democrats backed off their red line over President Trump's border wall on Wednesday, claiming that they could provide funding for more fencing so long as an agreement could be made to legalize dreamers.
At the same time, President Trump has softened his own position. The dramatic "sea-to-sea" wall — called the Great Wall — promised during the campaign has turned into a scaled-back version that will cover about 700 miles.
It is likely that information on the bipartisan deal will come out on Friday. Will it include a border wall? If so, how much funding will be allocated to the project? This remains to be seen. What is likely, however, is that "dreamers" will receive legal protection as part of this bipartisan agreement.
CNN reported on Thursday afternoon that "anonymous sources" have claimed that President Trump is unhappy with the progress made so far, although these anonymous quotes haven't been confirmed as real.
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