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Bipartisan Group Of Senators Say They've Negotiated An Immigration Deal

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Rep. Bob Goodlatte R-Va. questions witnesses during a House Judiciary Committee hearing concerning the oversight of the U.S. refugee admissions program on Capitol Hill

No White House or leading lawmaker of either party has seriously entertained deporting 11 million illegal immigrants now in the U.S. Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump both used discretion and triage in deciding which illegal immigrants to target for deportation.

The six senators have been meeting for months to find a way to revive protections for young immigrants who arrived in the U.S.as children and are here illegally.

Senior Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein asked Trump if he would support a "clean" DACA bill, which would normally include the program's replacement program alone.

The comments were first reported by The Washington Post.

A US judge blocked President Donald Trump's administration on Tuesday from ending a program that shielded from deportation children brought to the United States illegally by their parents.

Immigration hardliner Senator Tom Cotton, a Trump ally, called the proposal "a joke" after the White House meeting, saying it didn't go far enough in particular to end immigration family preferences.

He says Trump wants to welcome immigrants who "contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation", and will always reject "temporary, weak and unsafe stopgap measures" that he says "threaten the lives of hardworking Americans" and undercut other immigrants.

"The President will only accept an immigration deal that adequately addresses the visa lottery system and chain migration - two programs that hurt our economy and allow terrorists into our country", said deputy White House press secretary Raj Shah.

No. 2 Senate GOP leader John Cornyn of Texas told reporters Wednesday he'd be "surprised" if an immigration deal can be completed by the January 19 deadline.

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"We are at a deal", Sen.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the decision to terminate the program on September 5 and said no renewal applications would be accepted after October 5. When the White House released its official transcript Tuesday afternoon, the president's line - "Yeah, I would like to do it" - was missing. "It's the only game in town", Flake said. "There is no other bill".

Jeff Flake. The group includes Flake and Illinois Democratic Sen. "I will sign it", he told the lawmakers. "I think my positions are going to be what the people in this room come up with", he said during the Cabinet Room meeting.

One attendee, No 2 Senate Democratic leader Dick Durbin of IL, said: "The sense of urgency, the commitment to DACA, the fact that the president said to me privately as well as publicly, 'I want to get this done, ' I'm going to take him at his word".

Texas Higher Education Commissioner Raymund Paredes on Wednesday said DACA-eligible young adults are a key talent pool for the state and nation.

Trump past year ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which provided young immigrants with protection from deportation along with the ability to work legally in the United States.

Sponsors said they believe the bill sticks to the four issues President said this week he wants to focus on: a DACA solution, border security, limits to chain migration and an end to the visa lottery.

When it was suspended, Trump called upon Congress to clarify the situation of the Dreamers before March 2018. A permanent way to protect DACA recipients and provide a path to citizenship is necessary, he said.

However, Trump said Friday he's not on board with the proposal - partly because of the wall he wants built along the U.S. -Mexico border.

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