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US Judge Blocks Trump Move To End DACA Program For Immigrants

In September, Trump said he was scrapping the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, but then delayed enforcement to give Congress six months - until March - to craft a lasting solution.

The Dreamers are young immigrants who were brought into the US illegally as children. In order to protect those under DACA, however, Trump shared three goals he expects the upcoming bill to accomplish: enhancing border security, ending chain migration, and eradicating the visa lottery system.

A compromise - with protection for the young immigrants, often called Dreamers by their advocates, and some enhanced border security, without construction of the wall - could eventually be reached.

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.

"I know President Trump would never lie about something", Leahy said sarcastically.

Earlier Tuesday, during a meeting with lawmakers on immigration, the president said he envisioned a two-part immigration plan.

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump opened up the curtain of Washington negotiations as he invited the press to stay for almost an hour and broadcast a Cabinet Room meeting with Democratic and Republican lawmakers Wednesday.

Grassley said that if they do not have good faith negotiations and get to an agreement within days, they will have to bring up "either the House bill or the bill that some of [them] ... introduced in the United States Senate".

Representatives and senators attending the meeting with the White House are faced with tough negotiations. "If they come to me with things I'm not in love with, I'm going to do it". Dick Durbin, D- Ill. told Trump he would find Democratic support on some elements of border security.

Trump as recently as last weekend said he wouldn't sign legislation addressing the Dreamers unless Congress agreed to an overhaul of the legal immigration system. If you honestly believe that Mexico is somehow going to pay for this wall, or that this wall is somehow going to stop illegal immigration, or fix any immigration problems we may have, then you personally are somehow even dumber than Donald Trump.

"We can do a great wall-you need the wall", Trump said after a question from Sen.

The discussions on immigration were taking place in the aftermath of the president's public blow-up with former campaign and White House adviser Steve Bannon, one of the architects of Trump's calls for a border wall along the U.S. Southern border.

He criticized chain migration and visa lotteries for the way they fail to ensure quality people immigrate to the United States, saying people who end up in lotteries are the "worst of the worst".

That would be in addition to Trump winning funding for his promised southern border wall and added border security.