"We are talking about taking care of people that were brought here, people that have done a good job", Trump said.
Some local Phoenix organizations said they want to focus on the possibility that an agreement to protect DREAMers could be underway. "We will never accept a piece of legislation that creates more problems and doesn't address real immigration solutions". "The wall will come later".
And here we have the president basically defending a deal that he says hasn't been reached.
Speaking exclusively on background, it was during Thursday's discussion that White House officials told The Monitor that the potential exists for permitting legal permanent status for DACA recipients, albeit with the caveat that it would not be a path to citizenship. The trio worked out a plan to have Congress make the DACA protections part of federal law and to pass an extensive border security package - minus Trump's proposed wall with Mexico. "Would be subject to vote", he said on Twitter.
Both legislators, however, did say the negotiations excluded the border wall.
President Trump said Thursday morning he and democrats were working on a plan for DACA to protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation.
The DREAM Act will be a tough sell for many Republicans, who say it grants amnesty to undocumented immigrants. The president and the chief of staff called me from Air Force 1 today to discuss what was discussed.
Schumer and Pelosi face challenges from within their own caucus for negotiating with Trump as well.
"You can not fix DACA without fixing the root cause of our problem". In regard to the areas of discussion, it read: "These topics included tax reform, border security, DACA, infrastructure and trade".
Earlier this month, the Trump administration announced it would rescind DACA.
On Wednesday night, Trump had dinner with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) to hash out a potential deal to legalize the status of nearly 800,000 Americans brought to the United States as children.
STEVE KING: They came onboard because build a wall, enforce the border, enforce immigration law, no amnesty ever. "It doesn't have to be tied to DACA, but it's important and he will get it done". The network counted 10 times the president had spoken to the press in the past week, and with each iteration, some have argued that he may finally have begun the mythical presidential pivot.
He blindsided his party last week when he went around the Republican leadership to extend the United States debt limit and keep the government running, with the agreement of the Democrats.
"He likes me, anyway", Schumer said of Trump. We'll see how it works out. "What they need is bipartisan support in Congress".
House Speaker Paul Ryan, who was present at last week's meeting but not Wednesday's dinner, has expressed support for legalizing hundreds of thousands of Dreamers.
But Trump's new tactics are angering some Republicans and those on the Right who have long questioned Trump's allegiance to conservative ideals.