Trump, Congress reach deal to negotiate DACA, border security

Wall is part of border security: WH Press Secretary Sanders

Wall is part of border security: WH Press Secretary Sanders

M Mushfiqul Fazal from White House, Jan 9 (Just News): White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has said, President Donald Trump had a very successful and productive meeting with Democrats on immigration reform Tuesday. Sanders told reporters at the daily briefing in the White House Tuesday afternoon.

Regarding the President Trump’s commitment to build the border wall on Mexican border area she said, "the wall is part of border security,"That's one component of it," . "We firmly again believe that border security has to be part of this negotiation and part of this deal."

President Trump met with Democrat leaders at the White House saying afterward the parties had agreed to focus on four areas immediately: border security, chain migration, ending the visa lottery, and finding a permanent solution to the DACA program.
Broader issues would be tackled later, including working with Congress on comprehensive immigration reform.
Trump said the wall on the U.S. border with Mexico would be part of any agreement involving the more than 700,000 people affected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

"We had what we felt was a very successful and productive bipartisan and bicameral meeting on immigration reform," Sanders told reporters. "The leadership agreed to negotiate to four issues

“They all agreed those four things would be part of the negotiation — and beyond that, then they could move into additional scope.

"But at this point, those were the four things on the table," she said."The president wants border security," she later added. "The wall is one of the pieces, as well as technology and a number of other things that have been laid out by the Department of Homeland Security.

"Border security does have to be part of this process," Sanders reiterated. "We want to secure the border because the safety of this country is the number one responsibility and number one priority when it comes to anything that he does.

"If Democrats aren't in favor of protecting American citizens, then I think we have hit a sad day in American history," she said.

"But I don't believe that to be the case, because as we heard many of them say as they sat around the table say they are committed to border security.
”Border security is more than the wall."Sanders also said Trump has not abandoned the idea of Mexico paying for the wall, despite Mexican officials saying that would not happen.

Tuesday's meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House was scheduled to be closed to reporters, but opened up on short notice. It quickly became perhaps the most extended open discussion between the president and congressional leaders. Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., called it "the most fascinating meeting I’ve been involved with in 20-plus years in politics."

US lawmakers attended including Sen. Dick Durbin and Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, a 2013 immigration reform veteran. The list also includes red state Democrats like Sens. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Jon Tester of Montana, as well as Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas. Republican Reps. Martha McSally of Arizona and Raul Labrador of Idaho also attended.