House Republicans introduced their version of an immigration bill to address the so-called Dreamers while also providing border security. "No more Lotteries! #AMERICA FIRST".
Trump said he wanted a "clean DACA bill", a reversal from his administration's September announcement to end the program for nearly 700,000 young people who were brought to the USA illegally as children.
The program protects almost 800,000 undocumented young people, or "dreamers", who came to America as children. Trump has terminated it but given lawmakers until March 5 to craft legislation reviving its protections.
Alsup said the administration did not have to accept new DACA applications. "The iron is hot".
"We're anxious to get a solution", Short said.
He said he left the meeting with a "positive" outlook and a greater "desire to get this done".
For the reasons DACA was instituted, and for the reasons tweeted by President Trump, this order finds that the public interest will be served by DACA's continuation.
Congress has to make a budget deal by January 19 or face shutting down the federal government - except for essential services.
At the same time, Congress is negotiating DACA policy, among other immigration issues.
Trump is using border security-including a border wall- as a bargaining chip and Democrats want to use their sway on the spending bill to protect immigrants under DACA.
Earlier, the president expressed hope that several aspects of immigration could be agreed to by Democrats and Republicans.
ROSE: Hard-liners in Congress and the White House want other changes to the legal immigration system that could also alienate Democrats. The visa program would entirely prioritize skills of people entering the country.
But, under pressure from immigrant groups, they are reluctant to give ground to Trump on the issue of the wall - his central promise from the 2016 presidential campaign. That proposal has been strongly opposed by Democrats and many Republicans as a futile waste of money. "We need the wall for stopping the flow of drugs coming in", Trump said at a news conference Wednesday. "I think the message has now been delivered that we need to get everybody at the table and we'll take the best of their ideas". "We don't have a wall, we are not doing the deal", he said yesterday, adding that he has a good chance to make a deal. He'd made similar statements a year ago, but this time it was in the context of negotiations for actual legislation. But one conservative foe of giving ground acknowledged the impact of Trump's support.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., said the ruling should "not undercut the urgency" for Congress to pass a law.
"I would like to see us move to a merit-based system". Immigration attorney Leon Fresco, formerly a longtime former aide to Sen.