"I can not believe in the history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday".
The Trump administration in September announced it would rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, drawing challenges in multiple federal courts from Democratic state attorneys general, organizations and individuals.
Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart, a Florida Republican working on an immigration deal, described Kelly, who he got to know as command of Southern Command, based in Florida, described him as a person of "unparalleled integrity and courage". We're told this blockage is in its early stages. "So we'll be talking to the White House about that and I hope we can move forward with it, it's the only game in town". "The next step is taking it to the White House". Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed afterwards that there was no deal yet on DACA.
Bipartisan negotiations hit a snag after President Donald Trump on Thursday rejected an agreement reached by a group of six senators.
U.S District Judge William Alsup of the Northern District of California ruled Tuesday that the program must continue and those already approved for DACA protections and work permits must be allowed to renew them before they expire. Here's South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham. Bob Menendez and Michael Bennet.
In 2012, the Obama era program was designed for foreigners, commonly known as Dreamers.
Conservatives quickly sounded alarms about a process that would lead to a comprehensive agreement on immigration, a path that has always been anathema to many rank-and-file Republicans. The President had a meeting here today with a number of members, both from the House and Senate, Republicans and Democrats, as a follow-up discussion on immigration. "Then this week it emerged that he wanted to change immigration policy [by] addressing family unification initiatives ... and ending the diversity visa [program]".
"Sen. Cotton can present his proposal".
He's cautiously optimistic. "We still have a long road ahead of us", he says, "but we want to make sure that we don't leave Washington, D.C., this month without a solution". "I'm not negotiating with Sen". He said while he helped head off a bipartisan immigration effort in 2013, "I don't want to promise the result will be the same. I'm dying to look at it".
On Thursday, Trump rejected a pitch from a bipartisan team of senators on an immigration deal to protect DACA participants while increasing border security. He added that surveillance technology and staffing would also be part of the border security proposals.
"Of course there's no deal", he said, claiming he'd made "a pretty big offer on my end" to let DACA recipients stay in the country and claiming that Democrats "have not offered anything legitimate in return".
"Yesterday in the meeting, he [Trump] took on a position of a leader on bipartisanship to pass immigration reform that includes a solution for DACA recipients", Kim noted. The pact also includes restrictions on immigrants' abilities to bring relatives to the US and termination of a visa lottery system that has helped gain entry for people from African and other diverse countries.
Democrats are unlikely to agree to some of those measures.
The Republican legislation is certain to antagonize Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who wants a narrowly crafted DACA bill that includes border security enhancements but no wall funding.