President Trump will meet with bipartisan congressional leaders next week to negotiate a path forward for undocumented youth who are set to lose their temporary protected status in early March.
An administration official confirmed the upcoming meeting on Friday, just hours after the president reiterated some of his top demands for immigration reform and border security in a tweet targeting Democrats.
"The Democrats have been told, and fully understand, that there can be no [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] without the desperately needed WALL at the Southern Border and an END to the horrible Chain Migration & ridiculous Lottery System of immigration, etc." Trump tweeted.
The Democrats have been told, and fully understand, that there can be no DACA without the desperately needed WALL at the Southern Border and an END to the horrible Chain Migration & ridiculous Lottery System of Immigration etc. We must protect our Country at all cost!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 29, 2017
Those priorities mirror a list of immigration principles and policies circulated by the White House in mid-October, and later sent to congressional leaders. Trump and his staff have repeatedly said that all of their policy objectives must be met before the president agrees to extend permanent legal status to so-called Dreamers or establish a path to citizenship.
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Most of the principles closely adhere to the pro-enforcement and restrictionist immigration policies Trump frequently promised to enact as a candidate, including the funding and complete construction of a wall along the Southwest border; hiring of additional personnel at immigration enforcement agencies, provision of incentives for states and local jurisdictions to oppose sanctuary policies and cooperate with federal law enforcement; and a nationwide employer verification mandate.
The meeting next week is slated to include Republican leaders Mitch McConnell, Ky., and Paul Ryan, Wis., Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi, Calif., and Chuck Schumer, N.Y., and White House chief of staff John Kelly, who was heavily involved in overseeing immigration enforcement in his previous role as Homeland Security secretary.
Trump previously huddled with GOP senators in November to discuss folding a DACA fix into broader immigration reform legislation. That meeting included Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who has been working closely with his Senate colleagues to craft a bill that addresses both border security and young immigrants who remain in the U.S. illegally.
In an interview with the New York Times on Thursday, Trump said he is confident that Congress can reach a bipartisan agreement on DACA. He added, however, that he will refuse to endorse any plan "without a [border] wall."
"We're not going to negotiate through the press and look forward to a serious negotiation at Wednesday's meeting when we come back," a spokesman for Pelosi told Politico following Trump's tweet and comment to the Times.