Legislators are opening the door to resuming immigration talks, but a renewed effort to reach an agreement on border security is facing tough challenges at Capitol Hill.
With President TrumpDonald John TrumpJudicial Courts Order Trump Administration Continues Temporarily to Return Asylum Seekers to Mexico Federal Investigation Reveals Generalized Sexual Harassment in Trump Company-Led Company: Booker Report Trump would apparently have forgiven a border official: "This should shake all Americans"Frustrated by the overflow of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the surge in the number of migrants stopped at the border, the White House is stepping up its action with Democrats.
Acting Chief of Staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyDems and the GOP are of the same opinion: nobody cares about the national debt McConnell: the "past" of the agreement on the security of the border between immigration and the "distractor in chief "has given way to unprecedented regulatory reform MORE and DHS Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan met Wednesday night with a group of Democrats – including the Senate Whip Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph Durbin McConnell: "The hour of the past" for an agreement on the security of the border between immigration and the night: Imminent Defense: Transgender troops gather at the approach of the ban | Trump can call more troops at the border | National Guard expects 3M training deficit following deployment at the border | The Pentagon will find housing for 5,000 migrant children The National Guard expects a 3M training account deficit due to deployment at the border MORE (D-Ill.) And Sens. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinWhy the immediate publication of the Muller report would be detrimental to national security and McConnell's policy: "The past hour" for an agreement on border security between immigration and the DMS developing a proposal border treatment and counseling: report (D-Calif.) And Gary PetersThe campaign group Gary Charles Peters GOP attacks the Senate critics on "Medicare for all" The bipartisan senators propose a bill to extend the tax credit for electric vehicle The Hill & # 39; s Morning Report – Presented by USMCA Coalition Pass – Trump Must Return to the Campaign Stage MORE (D-Mich.), The Most Democrat Justice and Homeland Security Commissions – to explain why the time has come for Congress to resolve the "humanitarian crisis" along the border.
But Durbin has no qualms about saying the latest round of talks will break the impasse between Congress and the government, which rejected the Senate's immigration deal.
"I can only tell you that this president has broken my heart so much about immigration," he told The Hill. "I start with a healthy degree of skepticism that we can do something substantial."
Other Democrats involved in the talks described them as being "broad," with no decision yet on the parameters for further negotiations. Legislators and the administration should meet again after two weeks of Congress suspension.
The solution to reaching an agreement on immigration and border security is strewn with political and strategic antipersonnel mines, both parties being likely to set hard limits on what they could support in the event of a possible agreement in view of the 2020 elections.
Immigration talks routinely failed at Capitol Hill because of deep political divisions on critical issues, including an unresolved dispute over the DACA (Delayed Action for Child Arrivals), a conservative attempt to reduce child labor. Legal immigration and the perpetual battle at the controversial border between Trump and the United States wall.
Trump rejected a border security agreement with DACA last year, which included changes to the State Department's Diversity Visa Scheme and two-day family-based immigration policies. after announcing to lawmakers that he would take the pressure in supporting a bill. A separate proposal presented by a group of centrist senators last year did not break a filibuster of 60 votes after Trump threatened to veto him.
Sen. John CornynJohn CornynOn The Money – Presented by the Job Creators Network – Cain is expected to withdraw from the Fed's review, according to a report | Dem Bill asks the IRS to create a free online deposit service | Trump considers Ivanka for the World Bank 12:30 pm Hill Report: GOP wants Trump to keep them informed GOP is tired of being blinded by Trump MORE (R-Texas), a member of the GOP leadership and the Judiciary Committee, told the Los Angeles Times that he does not have hope of hope for an agreement yet.
"Most of the time, the debate on immigration is a zero-sum game and we never quite get it," he said. "It always ends up breaking your heart."
Trump throws another joker into the negotiations by taking on the Democrats even as his administration has made contact with lawmakers. He described them as "traitors" in border security a few hours after the meeting between Mr. Mulvaney and a group of Senate Democrats.
Trump said he planned to send undocumented migrants to so-called sanctuaries, which are not in compliance with the federal law on immigration.
"Due to the fact that Democrats are not willing to alter our very dangerous immigration laws, we are indeed, as stated, seriously pondering the placement of illegal immigrants in sanctuary cities. only, "wrote Trump in a tweet.
The Democrats complied with Trump's comments, pointing to the political gap with the White House.
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But nascent discussions about a new attempt at immigration have been encouraged by the best Republicans, who argue that it is time to tackle the problem.
Majority leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Report 12:30: GOP wants Trump to keep them informed GOP is tired of being blinded by Trump A GOP senator warns Republicans about health care MORE (R-Ky.) He told reporters at a plenary session on Capitol Hill that he was willing to "start negotiations" with Democrats to try to reach an agreement respecting national asylum laws and border security.
"Everything can not be solved by changing staff, sometimes you have to change the law. That means we have to deal with the Democrats. They are the majority in the House, "said McConnell, noting that the department had been upset, resulting in the loss of several senior officials over the past week.
Republican senators say that they are also working on the conclusion of a very targeted agreement that would deal with asylum.
Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold Johnson McConnell: "The past hour" for an agreement on border security between Senators and GOP Senators raises concerns about Miller's ascent (R-Wis.), The Chair of the Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, said that he was working on drafting restrictive legislation, while acknowledging that it could be expanded to get support.
"I'm not talking about the whole broken immigration system," he said. "We need a more specific initial determination of an asylum application."
He added that legislators were "much more advanced" than in the past and that he had "an interest of Democrats" in his proposal.
Sen. Lindsey Graham12:30 pm report on Lindsey Hill Olin Graham: GOP wants Trump to keep them informed (R-S.C.), Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, added that it was possible for the Congress to obtain a close agreement. Although he wants the White House to come up with his own proposal, he said that if it did not happen before the return of Congress on April 29, he was ready to introduce his own bill.
"If there's still a reason in the body, we'll find a way to get there," he told The Hill about the chances of reaching an agreement.
He insisted on ways to convince the Democrats to change the rules on asylum and added: "It's part of the negotiation. … what do you want? "