Senate Republicans to meet with Trump Thursday on DACA

Senate Republicans to meet with Trump Thursday on DACA
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A group of Senate Republicans are expected to meet with President TrumpDonald John TrumpVeterans groups demand end to shutdown: 'Get your act together' Brown launches tour in four early nominating states amid 2020 consideration Pence on border wall: Trump won't be ‘deterred’ by Dem ‘obstruction’ MORE at the White House on Thursday as they try to get on the same page ahead of a looming fight over immigration.

"We're supposed to meet at the White House tomorrow, a number of Senate Judiciary Committee members, to talk more about DACA because everybody is trying to figure out what the path forward is," Sen. John CornynJohn CornynTrump created a competition of crises: The border or the shutdown Senators restart shutdown talks — and quickly hit roadblocks Former GOP rep: We would be 'storming the White House' if Obama mulled national emergency MORE (R-Texas) told reporters on Wednesday.

The meeting comes as Democrats are angling to include a deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program as part of a mid-January showdown to fund the government and avoid across-the-board budget caps.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money: Shutdown Day 25 | Dems reject White House invite for talks | Leaders nix recess with no deal | McConnell blocks second House Dem funding bill | IRS workers called back for tax-filing season | Senate bucks Trump on Russia sanctions Mellman: Why does the GOP persist? Leaders nix recess with no shutdown deal in sight MORE (R-Ky.) has promised to give a DACA fix a vote if negotiators can reach a deal this month, though he has not pledged to include it in a "must pass" bill, like a government funding agreement.

Cornyn signaled that Republicans are looking to get guidance from the president about what he would accept as part of any deal.

"I think as soon as the president will tell us 'OK, this is something I could support' then I think that gives us, I think, a lot of room to go talk to Democrats and say 'OK, this what our parameters are,'" he said.

The White House didn't immediately respond to a request for comment about the meeting.

Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump AG pick Barr grilled at hearing | Judge rules against census citizenship question | McConnell blocks second House bill to reopen government Five things to watch during Barr’s confirmation hearing McConnell rebukes Steve King over white nationalist comments MORE (R-Iowa), the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, has been leading talks among GOP senators on his panel, as well as with Sens. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonOvernight Defense: Trump faces blowback over report he discussed leaving NATO | Pentagon extends mission on border | Senate advances measure bucking Trump on Russia sanctions Senate advances measure bucking Trump on Russia sanctions How not to withdraw from Syria MORE (R-Ark.), James LankfordJames Paul LankfordWhat the government shutdown means for our nation’s cybersecurity GOP senators challenge Trump on shutdown strategy GOP senator: No border security plan without a wall MORE (R-Okla.) and David Perdue (Ga.), about a potential deal that pairs an immigration fix with a border security package.

A spokesman for Sen. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisGOP reasserts NATO support after report on Trump’s wavering Leaders nix recess with no shutdown deal in sight Senators restart shutdown talks — and quickly hit roadblocks MORE (R-N.C.), a member of the Judiciary Committee, confirmed that the GOP senator would also be taking part in Thursday's White House meeting.

The meeting with Trump comes after White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE met with a bipartisan group of senators, including Cornyn, Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump eyes wall money options as shutdown hits 21 days Poll: Sanders most popular senator, Flake least CBS News in talks to hire Flake: report MORE (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinTrump AG pick: I won't be 'bullied' by anyone, including the president Live coverage: Trump AG pick grilled on Mueller probe at confirmation hearing Senate Dems set to take aim at new Trump attorney general pick MORE (D-Ill.), last month.

Senators said after the meeting that they expected to get a list from the White House on what border security and related priorities it needs included in any DACA deal.

Senators noted earlier Wednesday that they were still waiting for the list.