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 TrumpFederal prosecutor speaks out, says Barr 'has brought shame' on Justice Dept. Former Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick 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 CornynHillicon Valley: Productivity, fatigue, cybersecurity emerge as top concerns amid pandemic | Facebook critics launch alternative oversight board | Google to temporarily bar election ads after polls close Lawmakers introduce legislation to boost cybersecurity of local governments, small businesses On The Trail: Making sense of this week's polling tsunami 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 McConnellDemocratic senator to party: 'A little message discipline wouldn't kill us' House to vote on resolution affirming peaceful transition of power Republican lawyers brush off Trump's election comments 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 GrassleyGOP lawmakers distance themselves from Trump comments on transfer of power The Hill's 12:30 Report: Ginsburg lies in repose Top GOP senators say Hunter Biden's work 'cast a shadow' over Obama Ukraine policy 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 12:30 Report: Trump stokes fears over November election outcome The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump previews SCOTUS nominee as 'totally brilliant' Abortion stirs GOP tensions in Supreme Court fight MORE (R-Ark.), James LankfordJames Paul LankfordMcConnell works to lock down GOP votes for coronavirus bill Charities scramble to plug revenue holes during pandemic Warren calls for Postal Service board members to fire DeJoy or resign 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 TillisOvernight Energy: Trump officials finalize plan to open up protected areas of Tongass to logging | Feds say offshore testing for oil can proceed despite drilling moratorium | Dems question EPA's postponement of inequality training On The Trail: Making sense of this week's polling tsunami Feds say offshore testing for oil can proceed despite drilling moratorium 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 FlakeHow fast population growth made Arizona a swing state Jeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Republican former Michigan governor says he's voting for Biden MORE (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump previews SCOTUS nominee as 'totally brilliant' Feinstein 'surprised and taken aback' by suggestion she's not up for Supreme Court fight Grand jury charges no officers in Breonna Taylor death 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.