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 TrumpTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Veterans group backs lawsuits to halt Trump's use of military funding for border wall Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails 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 slams 'very dumb' O'Rourke for proposals on guns, tax exempt status for churches GOP cautions Graham against hauling Biden before Senate Succession at DHS up in the air as Trump set to nominate new head 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 McConnellTrump urges GOP to fight for him Senate Dems signal they'll support domestic spending package Trump's top picks for Homeland Security chief are ineligible for job: reports 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 GrassleyMulvaney faces uncertain future after public gaffes State cites 38 people for violations in Clinton email review Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle mourn Cummings 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 CottonHillicon Valley: GOP lawmakers offer election security measure | FTC Dem worries government is 'captured' by Big Tech | Lawmakers condemn Apple over Hong Kong censorship Lawmakers condemn Apple, Activision Blizzard over censorship of Hong Kong protesters Lawmakers set to host fundraisers focused on Nats' World Series trip MORE (R-Ark.), James LankfordJames Paul LankfordTrump-Graham relationship tested by week of public sparring Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Trump insists Turkey wants cease-fire | Fighting continues in Syrian town | Pentagon chief headed to Mideast | Mattis responds to criticism from Trump Senate GOP braces for impeachment trial 'roller coaster' 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 TillisTillis says impeachment is 'a waste of resources' GOP requests update on criminal referrals prompted by 2018 Kavanaugh probe The Hill's Campaign Report: Warren, Sanders overtake Biden in third-quarter fundraising 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 FlakeVulnerable senators hold the key to Trump's fate Trump's GOP impeachment firewall holds strong How to survive an impeachment MORE (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinDemocrats dig in ahead of Supreme Court ruling on 'Dreamers' Senate GOP braces for impeachment trial 'roller coaster' Trump judicial nominee delayed amid GOP pushback 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.