Trump contradicts self repeatedly in immigration meeting

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President Donald Trump held a bipartisan meeting on Tuesday at the White House to discuss immigration reform and border security, and he opened it with a call for compromise.

Hoyer said Trump himself mentioned fences and technology.

Trump, under pressure from some conservatives, repeated his demand that any DACA deal with Democrats must include ending "chain migration", which could jeopardize the parents of Dreamers who are still in the United States illegally, and a visa lottery program.

Ten Democratic Senate seats are up in states Trump won in 2016. Sen. The Trump administration dissolved the program in September, granting one final two-year extension for people whose DACA permits expire by March 5, 2018. "Tony Reardon, the president of a union that represents customs officers, called the moves "shortsighted" and added that they "[pose] a serious threat to border security", and other experts noted that the wall won't do much either to stop drug trafficking (most drugs enter via smugglers who cross the border legally), or to dissuade the majority of undocumented immigrants from entering the country. The source said Trump told them beforehand the press would come in for the top. And yeah, they're going to have border patrols there to make sure that doesn't happen, just like we already have now that clearly isn't stopping the problem enough for republicans. "And if you take it that further step, I'll take the heat, I don't care".

"If we don't fight like hell on this, some people in our base are going to say, 'Why bother?'" said Frank Sharry, executive director of America's Voice, a leading pro-immigration advocacy group. Trump challenged the group to "put country before party" to get a deal done. He said the administration has repeatedly been a disruptive force in negotiations.

"We don't oppose building a wall, but that's certainly not our first priority", said Eric Ruark, director of research at NumbersUSA. Nothing gets done on the budget until the prospect of political damage stares them in the face.

Yet it seems that Trump is remarkably willing to trade a largely pointless border wall for a less stringent immigration policy than perhaps his base had expected.

But lawmakers said that is not likely at Tuesday's meeting as they consider options for resolving the standoff with Trump.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. suggested an "easy way out" of the stalemate.

Schumer says the meeting "boded well", but Trump needs to follow up. Trump, he said, promised repeatedly on the campaign trail that Mexico would pay for the wall. "So let's see how much money they send up and then we can decide what kind of a wall".

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