President Trump Meeting on Immigration Policy….

Earlier today President Trump held a meeting on immigration policy with key administration officials and members of congress. (Video and Transcript Below)

[Transcript] THE PRESIDENT: Important meeting. Thank you very much for being here. We’re making a lot of progress on a lot of different things.

Today, I’m with the Senate working group on immigration. It’s become a very big subject. I think that started around November 8th, and maybe a year and a half before that, starting with the campaign.

We’re all working in an effort to develop an immigration reform plan that will serve the interests of the American workers and the American families and safety.

I want to thank Chairman Grassley, along with Senators Tillis and Lankford, Cornyn, Cotton, and Graham for being here today. These are great people. They’ve become friends of mine, and they love this country.

I also want to acknowledge Senator Perdue, who is likewise a terrific person, who has become a very close friend of mine. And he’ll be briefed as to what’s happening.

Our current immigration system fails Americans. Chain migration is a total disaster, which threatens our security and our economy and provides a gateway for terrorism. Likewise, the visa lottery is bad for our economy and very bad for security. You saw that recently in New York along the West Side Highway.

We need a physical border wall. We’re going to have a wall — remember that — we’re going to have a wall to keep out deadly drug dealers, dangerous traffickers, and violent criminal cartels. Mexico is having a tremendous problem with crime, and we want to keep it out of our country.

We need to ensure our immigration officers finally have the resources, tools, and authorities that they desperately deserve and need to save and protect American lives. Even the Border Patrol agents, as you saw recently, killed — a couple of them killed; one very badly hurt. It’s a rough job and they’re incredible people, along with the ICE agents. These are incredible people. They’ve been with me right from the beginning, and they love what we’re doing.

That’s why our position has been clear and very clear from the beginning. Any legislation on DACA must secure the border with a wall. It must give our immigration officers the resources they need to stop illegal immigration and also to stop visa overstays. And, crucially, the legislation must end chain migration. It must end the visa lottery. Dangerous. And I think many of the Democrats agree with us on that now.

The lottery system is a disaster. Tom and I talk about it all the time. They put down their probably worst people — who knows. But they’re not looking to get rid of their best people, so they put their worst people in the hopper, and we’re picking out the people. And then we find out: What do we have? It’s not a good situation. So we’re going to end it. The lottery system has to be laughed at by countries outside of our country when they send these people in.

I want to thank the senators for working with us because it really has been a very collaborative effort. We are, believe it or not, working also with Democrats. I think that’s correct. Right, Tom? We’re moving across the aisle and trying to get support, and I think we have a lot of support. But we’ll soon see. We’d love to take care of DACA, but we’re only going to do it under these conditions. So we appreciate it very much.

Mr. Vice President, do you have anything to say?

THE VICE PRESIDENT: Mr. President, you’ve made immigration a centerpiece in the national debate over the last year and a half. And you said all along the way we’re going to build a wall and reform our immigration system. We’re going to enforce the laws of this country for the citizens of this country.

But you’ve also said along the way we’re going to do it with a big heart. And you’ve opened the door to an agreement on DACA, and today is part of an ongoing discussion with these Republican leaders but also with Democrats on Capitol Hill to accomplish that. And I look forward to being a part of it.

THE PRESIDENT: Very good. Thank you, Mike. And, Senator Grassley, anything to say?

SENATOR GRASSLEY: Of course, what you said, we were here, I think, with you on November the 8th. We set out a program that we all agreed to here. We know that there has to be negotiations in regard to that, but you’ve laid out some principles that we will not compromise on.

THE PRESIDENT: And you’ve been a great voice in a lot of different ways and we appreciate it. Thank you very much.

Lindsey used to be a great enemy of mine, and now he’s a great friend of mine. I really like Lindsey. Can you believe that? I never thought I’d say that, but I do like him a lot.

SENATOR GRAHAM: Thank you. I like me too, so we have something in common. (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT: We all know that. (Laughter.)

SENATOR GRAHAM: Obama couldn’t do it. Bush couldn’t do it. I think you can do it. There’s a bill to be had. If you want it bad enough, we’ll get it and it will be good for the country. Everybody has got to give a little bit. But I’ve never been more optimistic about an immigration reform proposal making it to the President’s desk right now.

THE PRESIDENT: I think we have a good chance. Tom Cotton?

SENATOR COTTON: Thank you for having us, Mr. President. As Senator Graham said, I think there’s a deal to be had here. The President has made clear that he wants to provide some kind of protections for those who receive the DACA work permits, but at the same time, we have to deal with the negative consequences of that.

We have to end chain migration to prevent a future set of new chain migrants coming. We have to secure our border. We have to enforce our laws on the interior, as well, to decrease the illegal immigration that will inevitably encourage overstays.

The President and our group have been clear on that from the very beginning. And I hope the Democrats will sit down with us and finally take yes for an answer on it.

THE PRESIDENT: Good. I think we’ve got a good shot. I really do. Tom? Anything?

SENATOR TILLIS: Mr. President, I just want to say exactly what Lindsey did. And if you think about in the Obama administration, when you had the votes to pass Obamacare and you couldn’t get the DREAM Act passed, then you know there’s something structurally wrong with just the baseline. I mean, if you just think about it, you’re providing the leadership to come up with a balance where you’re going to produce a bipartisan solution and a solution that’s consistent with your principles, which I think are important for us to fulfill the promises that we made to the American people. And we can provide certainty to the DACA population.

And shame on anybody for getting caught up in words. The wall, for example — when we’ve got the opportunity to provide a solution, achieve your objectives, and do something good for the DACA population, then I think we should.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Tom, very much. You’re right 100 percent. James?

SENATOR LANKFORD: Mr. President, thank you for bringing all of us together. I mentioned to you in September, when you first made the announcement about DACA, that you’d given a tremendous gift to the American people. It’s been 20 years since we’ve had a vote on immigration of any type that’s actually passed and become law.

The immigration issues are very hard, they’re very emotional. But there’s been no deadline. So every time that Congress starts to work on it, they work on it for a while and then drop it because it’s difficult. You gave us a deadline, and setting that for March the 1st, and that’s a tremendous gift to be able to get that done.

Thanks for your engagement on this. I do absolutely agree with your heart on the issues on DACA and for those kids, and be able to find — we’ve got to get a legislative solution, but we’ve got to deal with every other issue as well or we’ll just keep having DACA votes every 10 years, and we can’t do that. So, thanks. And, by the way, thanks for the new leadership in DHS as well. And looking forward to seeing your leadership in the days ahead.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I have to tell you, James Lankford has been a tremendous help, not only on what we just passed, but will be a tremendous help on this. And, James, I want to thank you for your support.

SENATOR LANKFORD: Thank you, sir.

THE PRESIDENT: You’ve been really fantastic. And I can say that for all of the men and the people in this room. They’ve been fantastic. And, John, you have been really been — we can’t even call you the whip, but you have been more than a whip. You’ve been so fantastic on the taxes and the tax cuts and reform, and the success of that.

And certainly it wasn’t easy. It went right to the last minute, and you were right there. And we all want to thank you. The job you did is fantastic.

So, Senator Cornyn, want to say a few words?

SENATOR CORNYN: Well, Mr. President, thank you for having us here. America is the most generous country in the world when it comes to legal immigration, but that generosity has been abused by people who are exploiting the vulnerabilities we have along the border with the lack of enforcement.

And we saw the previous administration that tried to usurp the authority that only Congress and the White House have in passing immigration laws. They tried to do it by executive action and the courts, who struck that down.

So I do think this is an important opportunity for those of us who care not only about the people and about our legal immigration system that’s benefitted us all, but also are determined to eliminate and stop illegal immigration, along with the drugs and the harm that that causes. And I do think this is a great opportunity. I hope we make the most of it.

Coming from a border state with 1,200 miles of common border with Mexico, my constituents in Texas all understand the importance of border security and enforcement. At the same time, they’re people with big hearts.

THE PRESIDENT: That’s true.

SENATOR CORNYN: And like you and like the rest of us who want to do the right thing by these young adults who came here as children, and I think we have a great opportunity.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you very much. And I have to tell you that as I walked into the room — I don’t know if you heard the latest, but the market is up about 150 points. And we broke a very, very big barrier — 25,000. And there were those who’d say we wouldn’t break 25,000 by the end of the eighth year, and we’re in the eleventh month. We broke 25,000 just as we came in now. I have to be a little careful, because as we walk out maybe it goes down. (Laughter.) You always have to be careful with that, Tom.

But we did, in fact, break 25,000 — very substantially break it, very easily. So I guess our new number is 30,000. (Laughter.) But what it means is every time you see that number go up on Wall Street it means jobs, it means success, it means 401(k)s that are flourishing.

I was in New York at a big event recently, and I take a lot of pictures with police and with firemen and with the military. And one of the policemen came up, an officer, and he said, “Sir, I want to thank you. My 401(k) is through the roof. My wife thinks I’m a brilliant investor.” (Laughter.) He said he was up 39 percent. I said, “You should be doing better than that, actually.” (Laughter.) But he said, “I’m up 39 percent in nine months.” And he said, “I’ve never seen anything like it. My wife is so happy, my family is so happy.”

And people with 401(k)s, unless they’re really having difficulties in life, they’re doing very, very well. So I just want to congratulate everyone in the room because you worked so hard.

I may finish off with our new secretary, who’s just in the position but, I will tell you, respected by everybody. I got a very good vote. Got a very good vote. And would you like to say anything?

SECRETARY NIELSEN: Yes. I just want to thank you for your leadership on this issue. And I really appreciate your support of the men and women at DHS. They do have a very dangerous job, one that we don’t often like to talk about. But they do put their lives in danger for all of us every day.

And I really look forward to working with all of you, and learning today about your progress. As you know, border security, we have to have the wall and the technology and personnel that go with that, but we also need to close the loopholes that we can do the expedited removal because that’s a core part of border security.

So I look very much forward to working with you and others in Congress to get this done.

THE PRESIDENT: You’re going to break all of General Kelly — who’s right over here — you’re going to break all of his records, rights? (Laughter.


THE PRESIDENT: Because he had some pretty good records; 78 percent is — so far, that’s the best number. So you have to break 78 percent. That’s tough, but you’ll do it.

SECRETARY NIELSEN: All right. Yes, sir.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all very much. Appreciate it.

Q Your message to DREAMers, Mr. President? Your message to DREAMers, Mr. President? What do you say?

THE PRESIDENT: Hopefully, everything is going to work out very well. We really want it to work out. I can tell you the Republicans want to see it work out very well. If we have support from the Democrats, I think DACA is going to be terrific. We have people that have been working on this issue for a long time. As Lindsey said, as others have said, we really are at a point where I think we could do something spectacular for the people on the border, the people coming through.

We have to be careful because there’s a drug epidemic like the likes of which we’ve never seen in this country. We need protection. We need the wall. We need all of those things. And, frankly, I think a lot of Democrats agree with us. When they see what’s happening, when they see the kind of problems we’re having at the border, they really understand it. Whether they’ll vote that way is another situation, but they really understand it.

So we want to thank you all for being here. We have a great spirit going in the Republican Party. I think it can be bipartisan. I hope it’s going to be bipartisan. And we take care of a lot of problems. We can take care of a lot of problems. It would be really nice to do it in a bipartisan way. Okay?

Thank you all.

Q Did Steve Bannon betray you, Mr. President? Any words about Steve Bannon?

THE PRESIDENT: I don’t know, he called me a great man last night. So, you know, he obviously changed his tune pretty quick. All right, thank you all very much.

Q (Inaudible.)

THE PRESIDENT: I don’t talk to him. I don’t talk to him. I don’t talk to him. That’s just a misnomer. Thank you.

END – 11:48 A.M. EST

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437 Responses to President Trump Meeting on Immigration Policy….

  1. slegvold says:

    And the Repubs are no better than the Dems on this issue. On the contrary, they are worse because they know the reality and choose to side against Americans.


    • Kaco says:

      And the ones that are probably against don’t want to look bad by throwing the “children, of no fault of their own” out.

      Liked by 1 person

      • NJ Transplant says:

        Kaco – that is the excuse my stupid congress-critter gave me for signing a letter to Paul Ryan urging DACA amnesty. “I am a father. I had to raise my children alone. I know that the children were brought here through no fault of their own.” What an idiot.

        Liked by 1 person

  2. slegvold says:

    Some members of Congress are threatening to block government funding unless Congress provides amnesty to so-called Dreamers—the illegal aliens included in President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which President Donald Trump is ending.

    Responsible members of Congress should not give in.

    Such an effort would be fundamentally flawed and would only encourage even more illegal immigration—just as the 1986 amnesty in the Immigration Reform and Control Act did.

    Democrats portray the DACA program as only benefitting those who were a few years old when they came to the U.S. illegally, leaving them unable to speak their native language and ignorant of their countries’ cultural norms. Therefore, the reasoning goes, it would be a hardship to return them to the countries where they were born.

    Americans need an alternative to the mainstream media. But this can’t be done alone. Find out more >>

    Obama himself gave this rationale when he said DACA beneficiaries were “brought to this country by their parents” as infants and face “deportation to a country that [they] know nothing about, with a language” they don’t even speak.

    While this may be true of a small portion of the DACA population, it certainly is not true of all of the aliens who received administrative amnesty. In fact, illegal aliens were eligible as long as they came to the U.S. before their 16th birthday and were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012.

    DACA also required that beneficiaries enroll in school, graduate from high school, obtain a GED certificate, or receive an honorable discharge from the military; have no conviction for a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors; and not pose a threat to national security or public safety.

    However, the Obama administration appeared to routinely waive the education (or its equivalent) requirement as long as the illegal alien was enrolled in some kind of program. Only 49 percent of DACA beneficiaries have a high school education—despite the fact that a majority of them are adults.

    >>> Why Congress Should Not Legalize DACA: The Myths Surrounding the Program

    How thorough was Homeland Security vetting? In February 2017, after the arrest of a DACA beneficiary for gang membership, the Department of Homeland Security admitted that at least 1,500 DACA beneficiaries had their eligibility terminated “due to a criminal conviction, gang affiliation, or a criminal conviction related to gang affiliation.”

    By August 2017, that number had surged to 2,139.

    In fact, based on documents obtained by Judicial Watch, it is apparent that the Obama administration used a “lean and light” system of background checks in which only a few, randomly selected DACA applicants were ever actually vetted.

    Additionally, DACA only excluded individuals for convictions. Thus, even if a Homeland Security background investigation—which apparently was almost never done—produced substantial evidence that an illegal alien might have committed multiple crimes, the alien would still be eligible for DACA unless Homeland Security referred the violation to state or federal prosecutors and the alien was convicted.

    DACA had no requirement of English fluency either. In fact, the original application requested applicants to answer whether the form had been “read” to the alien by a translator “in a language in which [the applicant is] fluent.”

    The Center for Immigration Studies estimates that “perhaps 24 percent of the DACA-eligible population fall into the functionally illiterate category and another 46 percent have only ‘basic’ English ability.”

    This is a far cry from the image of DACA beneficiaries as all children who don’t speak the language of—and know nothing about the culture of—their native countries.

    In fact, it seems rather that a significant percentage of DACA beneficiaries may have serious limitations in their education, experience, and English fluency that negatively affected their ability to function in American society.

    Providing amnesty to low-skilled, low-educated aliens with marginal English language ability would impose large fiscal costs on American taxpayers resulting from increased government payouts and benefits, and would be unfair to legal immigrants who obeyed the law to come here.

    Any congressional amnesty bill providing citizenship for DACA beneficiaries could significantly increase the number of illegal aliens who will benefit unless Congress amends the sponsorship rules under federal immigration law. Providing lawful status to millions of so-called “Dreamers” will allow the extended families of those aliens to profit from illegal conduct.

    The U.S. accepts about a million legal immigrants every year. According to a recent study, of the 33 million legal immigrants admitted over the last 35 years, about 61 percent were chain migration immigrants.

    The average immigrant has sponsored 3.45 additional immigrants, but for DACA beneficiaries, that number is likely to be much higher. This is because, according to an analysis by the Department of Homeland Security, 76 percent of the DACA beneficiaries were from Mexico. Mexican immigrants sponsor an average of 6.38 additional legal immigrants—the highest rate of any nationality for chain migration.

    Providing amnesty would simply attract even more illegal immigration and would not solve the myriad of enforcement problems we have along our borders and in the interior of the country. Congress should concentrate on giving the federal government (with the assistance and help of state and local governments) the resources to enforce existing immigration laws to reduce the illegal alien population in the U.S. and stem entry into the country.

    Until those goals are accomplished, it is premature to even consider any DACA-type bill.

    Since some on this thread don’t bother reading the whole thread. Just sayin’.

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    • DACA is just a sorry excuse for giving Illegals more Crap…
      I am to the point that if we give into DACAers, why the hell do we even have laws.
      Why should I go the speed limit, why should I pay taxes, and the list goes on.
      If not everyone is to obey the laws then why are there laws.
      A country without laws and borders is just a $HlT piece of nothing.

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      • Madi says:

        Illegal come here and they do not want to assimilate. They are the Victims Democrats of the futur…it is a joke. They need to go back with theirs parents, pay a fee and never have brother, sister, uncle , aunt or grand parent a legal status in this country ever or go back in line and wait for your turn.
        Either you respect « Americans » or find a better country.
        Like Obama said, we will change our history and become citizen of the world .
        I said no to the swamp! No deals . Let’s take care of our military, elderly, poor homeless Americans.

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        • kinthenorthwest says:

          I will make a bet that 30% or more of Trumps votes came due to him screaming Build that Wall, Lock Her Up & Deport them at almost every rally…These were the top things that people wanted done.

          Liked by 1 person

  3. slegvold says:

    For those who don’t read the whole thread here are some good sites on the refugee and illegal issues:


    • Americans need to realize the amount of money that is spend on Illegals, monies that are taken away from America & Americans.
      I think about it this way & think others should think about should too.
      If you have a run down house or no home, kids that are starving with rags for clothes are you going to be giving majority of your money to strangers. Are you going to let your kids live without the bare necessities, while total strangers live high off the hog?? Well that is what the American government is doing to America & Americans. We have a broken infrastructure, horrid education, 95 million Americans have left the workforce, number of homeless Americans is going up by thousands every month & the list goes on.
      I am tired of watching America fall apart and Americans standing behind non-Americans for Jobs, education, homes & etc.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. slegvold says:

    From the article: “If carried out as described, by 2027, about 970 miles of the 2,000-mile southwest border would have some sort of fencing or wall separating the U.S. from Mexico.”
    Think about it. That means that TWENTY-SIX YEARS after 9/11, the worst attack on U.S. soil since Pearl Harbor, we will still only have less than half of our southern border secured with a fence/wall. Not to mention our northern border.
    Is this acceptable? I think not.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Margaret says:

    Forget DACA. Deport, deport, deport everyone here illegally whatever country they are from. If we give refuge to anyone, it should be Jews (if any are left there) and Christians from the Middle East who face actual persecution and death.

    Sadly, Latin Americans are accustomed to government corruption and will tolerate it and contribute to it here, if it means getting free education, medical care, other welfare, and jobs. If that isn’t maddening enough, these “invaders” have the nerve to call us racists and tell us that they don’t have to leave!

    We can let our veterans die in the VA health care system, watch the lower middle class Americans lose jobs to Illegals and think we are “compassionate.” What is wrong with the minds of those who do not see our country slipping away?

    I’d better stop, my hair is catching on fire.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Immigrant says:

    SO; Trump is finally going to make DACA Legal. I thought it was ILLEGAL.

    WHY? Is it Winning OR Surrendering???? And to WHO?


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