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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 TrumpHead of firms that pushed 'Italygate' theory falsely claimed VA mansion was her home: report Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting VA moving to cover gender affirmation surgery through department health care 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 CornynBlack lawmakers warn against complacency after Juneteenth victory The Senate is where dreams go to die Federal government to observe Juneteenth holiday on Friday 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 McConnellGOP increasingly balks at calling Jan. 6 an insurrection Black lawmakers warn against complacency after Juneteenth victory Graham quips key to working with Trump: We both 'like him' 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 GrassleyChuck Grassley 64 percent of Iowans say 'time for someone else' to hold Grassley's Senate seat: poll Five takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision On The Money: Yellen, Powell brush off inflation fears | Fed keeps rates steady, upgrades growth projections 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 CottonTom Bryant CottonThe Hill's Morning Report - After high-stakes Biden-Putin summit, what now? Court fines baker 0 for refusing to make gender transition cake Nikki Haley warns Republicans on China: 'If they take Taiwan, it's all over' MORE (R-Ark.), James LankfordJames Paul LankfordSenate passes resolution condemning recent rise in antisemitic attacks Police reform negotiations enter crucial stretch GOP turns against Jan. 6 probe as midterm distraction 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 TillisCentrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting Centrists gain leverage over progressives in Senate infrastructure battle Lawmakers rally around cyber legislation following string of attacks 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 FlakeOn The Trail: Arizona is microcosm of battle for the GOP Trump looms large over fractured Arizona GOP Why Republican politicians are sticking with Trump MORE (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Dick DurbinDick DurbinOvernight Health Care: Takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision | COVID-19 cost 5.5 million years of American life | Biden administration investing billions in antiviral pills for COVID-19 COVID-19 long-haulers press Congress for paid family leave Joe Manchin keeps Democrats guessing on sweeping election bill 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.