Trump to meet with House Republicans Tuesday on immigration

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President Trump will meet on Tuesday with House Republicans to discuss a GOP bill shielding young immigrants in the country illegally from deportation, according to a GOP source. 

The meeting will happen days before the House is expected to vote on a pair of bills addressing immigration, including a compromise bill between conservatives and centrists. 

The news that Trump planned to meet with House Republicans ahead of the vote came after he said in a Friday interview with Fox News that he would not sign the compromise proposal.


The comments resulted in chaos on Capitol Hill, prompting the White House to later walk back that statement. A White House official said the president had misunderstood a question about the measures and that he intended to support both bills.

In a tweet on Friday, Trump insisted that any immigration bill must provide funding for his long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and must implement what he has deemed “merit-based immigration.”

“The Democrats are forcing the breakup of families at the Border with their horrible and cruel legislative agenda,” he tweeted. “Any Immigration Bill MUST HAVE full funding for the Wall, end Catch & Release, Visa Lottery and Chain, and go to Merit Based Immigration. Go for it! WIN!”

Both measures address the fate of beneficiaries of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which offers a temporary reprieve from deportation for immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

Trump rescinded that program in September, but challenged Congress to pass a legislative solution for DACA recipients — commonly referred to as “Dreamers.”

The White House did not immediately respond to a request from The Hill seeking comment on Trump’s expected meeting with House Republicans.

— Scott Wong contributed to this report.

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