Some of Trump's staunchest defenders appeared to have turned on the president after the talks on a DACA bill, including conservative commentator Ann Coulter and right-wing firebrand publication Breitbart, which referred to the president as "Amnesty Don". They were led by Attorney General Ken Paxton in Texas, which has the second-highest number of DACA recipients after California.
UC schools are among those offering student loans to DACA students, and they've directed campus police not to question or detain individuals based on their immigration status. "That's an important position because we can not make a 2,200 mile (3,540 km) wall a condition for passing the Dream Act and we've been very clear from the start", said Senator Dick Durbin, a senior Democrat who has been working for the past 16 years to legislate protections for the Dreamers.
But the Trump administration's debate over what the wall and amnesty continued after Trump touched down in Florida, with the President telling reporters that while he is not looking at "citizenship" or "amnesty" for undocumented immigrants, he is "looking at allowing people to stay here".
"We will definitely take your concerns back to our clients", Shumate said.
"With this move, Trump is fulfilling a sick white supremacist scheme to terrorize young people of color", said Cristina Jimenez, Executive Director of United We Dream.
Trump then added, "The wall will come later".
Administration officials quickly recognized the danger in the backlash, and the White House shifted into damage control mode, with press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders denying a deal had been struck or the wall excluded from it. Any DACA bill that comes along should take this into consideration.
But the president's recent meetings with Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer of NY and Nancy Pelosi of California, and tweets suggesting that he wants to find a solution, provide an avenue to pass legislation written and endorsed by the Miami Republicans.
"The president has consistently said - I have heard him say it a number of times and he said it was an issue he would like to fix and fix in the right way", Rubio said.
Speaking via Facetime from her Washington office, Martha McSally says she was one of about a dozen members of Congress from both parties the White House invited to meet with the President.
Short said that, while the president remained committed to constructing a southern border wall, funding for the wall did not necessarily need to be linked directly to the "Dreamers" issue. "The president engaged, but I don't know that we've seen the president's plan".
On his final tweet on the matter, the president said that his administration had made more progress against ISIS than the Obama Administration did in 8 years, adding that they must be "proactive and nasty". "That was the message he relayed last night".
"I think we're fairly close, but we have to get massive border security", he said. "If we don't have a wall, we're doing nothing".
Schumer and Pelosi agree on granting "Dreamers" legal rights, Trump explained, but so do House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Harry Enten and Perry Bacon Jr. of the statistical analysis site FiveThirtyEight point out that in 2016, immigration "may have been the issue most responsible for Trump's winning the Republican nomination", with primary exit polls showing he did best among voters who said immigration was their top issue.
"He (Trump) said: 'I'm sure you guys can work out some of the differences.' He looked at me and said: 'You should sit down with Tom Cotton, '" Cuellar said.