President Trump made a daring move Wednesday, mapping out the beginnings of a deal with Democratic minority leaders to save "dreamers", the young immigrants who were given temporary protections from DACA, the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals.
News outlets that President Trump has branded "fake news" reported Trump agreed in principle to grant long-term legal status to DACA recipients - a big item on Democrats' wish list - without securing funding for a Southern border wall in return.
Trump and two top Democrats have come to an agreement on DACA, Democratic leaders said, though the White House said that a formal deal has not yet been reached.
Buoyed by recent success with Democrats on averting a government shutdown over the debt limit, Trump has turned again to a couple of wily, hardened dealmakers: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California.
"Some of the specific things we'd like to see: The end to sanctuary cities, expedited removal, more immigration judges, supporting things like the RAISE Act", she said.
On Thursday morning, the president - a former Democrat himself - and the minority leaders appeared largely aligned. The wall was being built, or the wall would be built later? On Thursday, Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King said he believed a failure for Trump to make his campaign promises a reality would undermine his reelection chances, and said border security alone did not equate to a wall. Trump said an agreement to allow the young immigrants to stay in the country would have to include "massive border security".
Chain migration is the process by which one immigrant is admitted to the country, then he or she sponsors relatives back home to come to the US, who in turn could sponsor more relatives.
As for Mexico paying for the border structure, Short maintained Friday that Trump would make it happen. Some of Trump's appeal to the white, working-class voters who formed the basis of his voting bloc stemmed from his promises to crack down on illegal immigration.
"We're not looking at citizenship", Trump said.
In a truly head-spinning exchange, Cernovich fired back at a Trump supporter who dismissed a New York Times report by Maggie Haberman as "fake news". House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, however, seem ready to address the long-standing problem. The scope of the border security measures that would be included in an eventual bill could also undercut Democratic support.