We Have Not Reached A Deal, Senator Flake Lied To The Media

Erika Holt
January 14, 2018

"Young people. We can not afford to take care of every one of them while we don't even have the money now to take care of our own people, meaning the veterans and the seniors and, yes, the young people who need educational training here", said Rohrabacher.

But Sen. Dick Durbin, the only Democrat in the room, disputed the president's account.

From 2700 miles away, Villalobos watched this week's public White House showdown, pitting California Senator Dianne Feinstein against Bakersfield Congressman and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Politicians simply don't get down to the nitty-gritty while reporters are present.

At their Oval Office meeting, two sources said, Trump questioned the value of taking immigrants from Haiti and African nations, and referred to them as "shithole countries".

"If the White House will not deny the reports regarding the degradation of other nations and their peoples, it is necessary for the President to apologize immediately", said Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL). Ron Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin, who added, "Right now we don't have enough workers".

Around 10:15 a.m., Trump returned Durbin's call and was told about the main elements of the deal.

"How do six people bind the other 94 in the Senate?" Part of the argument I am going to make is that this play-it-safe philosophy hurts us in good Democratic years as well as bad ones.

A group of six bipartisan senators forged an agreement that would offer a citizenship path for those brought to this country as children by undocumented parents.

The swift rejection, during a meeting in the Oval Office, shows how hard it will be for Congress to develop a legislative solution to protect some 700,000 young immigrants when Trump ends the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in March.

Federal agencies will run out of money and have to shut down if lawmakers don't pass legislation extending their financing by January 19.

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Cornyn said the real work for a bipartisan immigration deal will be achieved by a group of four leading lawmakers - the No. 2 Republicans and Democrats in both the House and Senate. That group met for the first time this week. Trump and a bipartisan group from Congress met January 9 to discuss a measure to keep DACA and include Trump's demands for a border wall and other security measures.

Senator Tom Cotton, R-Ark., dismissed the draft agreement.

One person with direct knowledge of that meeting said Durbin and Graham hadn't expected the three GOP lawmakers to be there.

The president seems willing to sign off on a plan to rescue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program - which is otherwise scheduled to phase out in March - but only if his wall is funded.

In November then Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke revoked temporary protected status for Haitians who came to the USA after an natural disaster destroyed the island country in 2010.

But Trump's attempts to end the program were upended late Tuesday, when U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco said the almost 690,000 DACA recipients must retain their work permits and protection from deportation while a lawsuit challenging the decision to end the program moves forward. We would be happy with a straight-up trade of a DACA amnesty, even one broadly defined, for a mandatory E-Verify system for employers making new hires, one that would help dry up the jobs magnet for illegal immigrants.

Separately, Durbin told reporters he had not seen a single news report about the President's words that was false.

He later called it a "joke" of a proposal.

Since so many Americans agree on their contributions to the country, fixing the program that protects them "should be easy", he said, but instead "these young people find themselves stuck in the middle of a much broader debate about border walls, national security and the inner workings of our visa system".

Their future, he insisted, "should not be used as a bargaining chip to negotiate the most severe and restrictive immigration and security measures possible".

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