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White House: 'Flake-Graham-Durbin' Agreement on Immigration 'Dead on Arrival'

White House: 'Flake-Graham-Durbin' Agreement on Immigration 'Dead on Arrival'

She declined to provide details about what would be included in the framework, including whether it would provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children, known as Dreamers, signaling only that it will represent "a compromise that members of both parties can support".

In an impromptu discussion with reporters, Trump emphasized that his support of a citizenship path for about 690,000 immigrants would be contingent on security $25 billion for a wall on the southwest border with Mexico and another $5 billion for additional border security upgrades. On Tuesday night, Trump sent out a tweet insulting Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, referring to him as "Cryin", while threatening to hold DACA hostage.

The immigration dispute in part led to a three-day government shutdown over the weekend.

NBC's Peter Alexander grilled White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders on Wednesday, demanding a presidential statement from Trump letting Americans know "how he feels" about school shootings.

"You'll have wives and husbands and you'll have sons and daughters, and you'll talk about parents, the parents is a tricky situation because they came here illegally", Trump said.

President Donald Trump is rejecting a proposed bipartisan immigration bill. Kamala Harris, who said specific funding for a partial border wall does not have to be in a final deal.

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Trump said in September he was scrapping DACA, throwing the future of those it covers, who are known as "Dreamers", into doubt, but delayed enforcement to give Congress six months - until March - to craft a lasting solution. But it is not doing its work with much of a mind toward whether Trump would sign it or the House would pass it, he said.

The White House plan to be released on January 29 should clarify the current White House position on immigration.

With Trump stating no wall, no DACA, and Schumer's Democrats' new redline being zero funding for a wall, the framework appears to face an impasse on arrival. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., their parties' No. 2 leaders.

Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., said in a statement that he was "extremely pleased with the number of senators - from both sides of the aisle" - who had accepted his invitation. It will include a "permanent solution on DACA", address The Wall, end chain migration, and cancel the lottery visa program.

She again cited a "crime wave that took place long before the President ever came into office", and claimed, "You're seeing the Department of Justice that is being active, empowering its law enforcements, to crack down on crime, and that's what those results that I just read out to you show".