Trump's confusing, contradictory performance at a public immigration debate

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As Congress inches closer to a deal that would provide a solution for the almost 800,000 undocumented immigrants now in the US under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program paired with a $US33 billion border security plan that would include funding for a wall along the almost 2,000 miles of US-Mexico border, some Republicans want nothing to do with a compromise. Their desire for speed comes as President Donald Trump and lawmakers seek to parlay an extraordinary White House meeting into momentum for resolving a politically blistering issue.

"It just shows everyone how broken and unfair our Court System is when the opposing side in a case (such as DACA) always runs to the 9 Circuit and nearly always wins before being reversed by higher courts", Trump tweeted Wednesday morning.

"It was like being in a 9th grade civics class", the source said.

Ahead of a bipartisan meeting with lawmakers at the White House, Trump challenged them to "put country before party" in his push to tighten border-control laws in exchange for providing legal status to immigrants brought to the country illegally as children, a group known as "dreamers".

During the meeting, Trump also appeared to support Democratic Sen. "Because I have a lot of confidence in the people in this room that they'll be coming back with something really good".

So far, lawmakers involved in negotiations to protect those in the DACA program are frustrated with how negotiations are unfolding.

The Department of Homeland Security did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

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"If those things are in place when the DACA recipients get their benefits, I think most of these members would have ample cover", Mehlman said. However, he ordered the government to continue processing renewal applications from people who had previously been covered.

Trump announced the end of the program on September 5 and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services stopped taking renewal applications in early October.

Lawmakers also consider him a more rational negotiating partner than White House senior adviser Stephen Miller, who has ruled on Trump immigration policy.

The wall now represents a complicated political question for Republicans and Democrats.

The frustrations have bubbled up publicly, perhaps most starkly on display when Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez of IL took to the House floor in September and "General Kelly, when he was the head of Homeland Security, lied straight to the faces of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus about preventing the mass deportation of (DACA recipients)".

Democrats have been pushing for what Sen.

"An issue of this magnitude must go through the normal legislative process", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement. Republican Reps. Martha McSally of Arizona and Raul Labrador of Idaho also attended.

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