President Donald Trump went back on one of his biggest campaign promise on Tuesday when he called for a DACA amnesty “Bill of Love” during a meeting Tuesday with congressional Republicans and Democrats at the White House.
“This should be a bill of love, truly. It should be a bill of love, and we can do that,” Trump said, according to Breitbart. “I really do believe Democrat and Republican, the people sitting in this room, really want to get something done.”
Trump went on to say that he was looking for a “bill of love” from Congress.
Trump says he will sign ANY immigration agreement Congress gives him
“I’m not going to say ‘oh gee I want this or I want that’ I will be signing it” pic.twitter.com/M8NccfFYsx
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) January 9, 2018
During the bipartisan meeting, Trump urged them forward on offering legalization for DACA recipients but also ending chain migration and visa lottery systems, as well as demanding border security. The president said that if Congress could come together on a DACA deal, he would be happy to sign it.
“I am very much reliant on the people in this room,” Trump said. “I have great confidence … if they come to me with things I’m not in love with, I’m going to do it, because I respect them.”
The meeting occurred in the Cabinet Room of the White House and involved two dozen members of Congress along with Trump, White House chief of staff General John Kelly, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and advisors Stephen Miller and Marc Short. During this meeting, Trump announced that Chairman of the House Committee on the Judiciary Bob Goodlatte will be introducing a bill in the House involving his border security priorities.
Trump even approved Sen. Lindsey Graham’s call for Congress to support comprehensive immigration reform.
“If you want to take it that further step, I’ll take the heat,” Trump said. “You are not that far away from comprehensive immigration reform.”
At one point, Trump was asked if he would support a DACA deal without wall funding, to which he responded, “You need it. … I’d love not to build the wall, but you need the wall.”
“We don’t need a 2,000-mile wall where you have rivers and mountains, and everything else protecting, but we do need a wall for a fairly good portion,” Trump clarified.
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