WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEXSTAR) – President Donald Trump sat down with Republicans and Democrats on Tuesday to try to find common ground on immigration.
It was an unusual meeting — they sat down to negotiate while the cameras were rolling.
Democrats are demanding a replacement for DACA (Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals) so 800,000 young immigrants who arrived in the country illegally as children will not be deported. Republicans and the president want to tie the deal to border security and to build a wall.
The question Tuesday is if Congress is any closer to striking a deal on immigration reform.
Texas Republican Congressman Michael McCaul said replacing DACA is a priority for both parties.
“I think DACA is a bipartisan issue,” he said.
California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein suggested that they fix DACA now and then move to immigratioin.
“What about a clean DACA bill now, with a commitment that we go into a comprehensive immigration reform procedure?” she said.
“We do phase one, which is DACA and security. We do phase two, which is comprehensive immigration, and I think we go right to it, I really do. We do one and then we do the other,” President Trump said.
The president said he’s OK with tackling DACA first, as long as it is followed by a more comprehensive border security plan.
“I think what we don’t want to see happen is to see the conditions for DACA to occur again. We want to get security done so we don’t have to deal with this problem five more years down the road,” McCaul said.
House Republicans, including Congressman McCaul, said they plan to introduce their immigration bill this week.