Republicans charge that Democrats have all but halted talks on spending caps until there is a resolution on DACA, which gives undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children a chance to stay, work or study in the USA without fear of deportation.
Congress must separate "the conversation about DACA" from the "larger issues" about US immigration policy, because allowing the program to expire will lead "to a humanitarian crisis", especially in Los Angeles, said Archbishop Jose H. Gomez.
"It's an incentive for people to do a good job, if you want to know the truth", Trump said.
The Trump administration in September announced it would rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, drawing challenges in multiple federal courts from Democratic state attorneys general, organisations and individuals.
"We can do a great wall-you need the wall", Trump said after a question from Sen.
"This is the only bill that's going to unify the conference and it's going to get us to a majority of the conference", said Rep. Raul Labrador, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee's immigration subcommittee and one of the co-authors. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said at the time. But in exchange, Trump wants a number of immigration-related measures, including increased security to thwart more illegal immigration along the southern US border with Mexico by constructing a wall he vowed during his 2016 presidential campaign would be built and paid for by Mexico.
The wall now represents a complicated political question for Republicans and Democrats. "Any solution has to include the wall, because without the wall, it all doesn't work". "I think that's basically what Dick [Durbin (D-IL)] said".
"We can not have a conversation about those who are in our country illegally before we stop the flow of illegal immigration", Barletta said a year ago.
Lawmakers also consider him a more rational negotiating partner than White House senior adviser Stephen Miller, who has ruled on Trump immigration policy.
The kind of "wall" many Republicans believe is realistic varies greatly from the hundreds-of-miles-long concrete barrier that Trump may have imagined when he campaigned for president.
President Donald Trump on Tuesday appeared to support a comprehensive immigration reform bill but then backed away from the idea during a bipartisan meeting with senators.
Since so many Americans agree on their contributions to the country, fixing the program that protects them "should be easy", he said, but instead "these young people find themselves stuck in the middle of a much broader debate about border walls, national security and the inner workings of our visa system".
"An issue of this magnitude must go through the normal legislative process", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement.
"To throw down a list from the hard, hard-line wing of the White House is not a very fortuitous or smart thing to do", he added.
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