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The Republican senator from South Dakota, says he is not averse to any steps that would help address the border security and wants to ‘dreamers’ situation, but thinks that such a deal would be a “heavy lift” for Congress.
The White house and the Democrats in Congress have traded proposals over the weekend about how to protect to fix an Obama-era program, hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children, has learned from deportation, Fox News.
A source familiar with the talks said the discussions broke down after Democrats rejected an offer by the trump-management to expand the protection for those enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program until the fall of 2020. In exchange, the White house will receive $would be 25 billion in funding for the President Trump the long-awaited wall along the U.S.-Mexican border.
The Democrats countered with an offer to Finance for the wall in exchange for a path to citizenship for all of the 1.8 million DACA-eligible immigrants — in contrast to the approximately 800,000 that are enrolled in the program. At this point, the source said, Fox News failed the talks.
The immigration talks were part of larger negotiations over a 1.3 trillion catch-all spending bill, which would have to pass through Congress to prevent midnight from Friday, a government shut down.
Trump ended the DACA program in September of last year, but a judicial decision is essentially left in place for now. The President also traveled to California last week to test prototypes for the border wall, but what is now is pending, $ 1.6 billion for the previous designs, with sections in Texas, the fencing as double dikes, and 14 miles of replacement in San Diego.
It appears the Democrats might be willing to accept that wall-financing, but they will fight hard against Trump, the demand for large increases for the immigration agents, and detention beds they fear would enable large-scale raids of immigrants illegally living in the United States
Fox News’ Mike Emanuel and The Associated Press contributed to this report.