Democrats have low expectations for White House briefing

Senior congressional Democrats meeting President TrumpDonald John TrumpJoint Chiefs chairman denies report that US is planning to keep 1K troops in Syria Kansas Department of Transportation calls Trump 'delusional communist' on Twitter Trump has privately voiced skepticism about driverless cars: report MORE at the White House on Wednesday have minimal expectations they'll be swayed by Homeland Security officials lobbying for wall funding.

"We expect a one-sided, nonfactual presentation. Expect Democrats to again have to correct the record in the meeting and afterward," a senior Democratic aide told The Hill.

Top Democrats, including likely Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiMulvaney: Military projects impacted by wall funding haven't been decided yet Left-wing Dems in minority with new approach to spending Julian Castro hints at brother Joaquin's Senate run MORE (Calif.), Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerWhy we need to build gateway now Campaign to draft Democratic challenger to McConnell starts raising funds Schumer congratulates J. Lo and A-Rod, but says 'I'm never officiating a wedding again' MORE (N.Y.), incoming Majority Leader Rep. Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerLawmakers contemplate a tough political sell: Raising their pay Chances of passing Dem budget are '50-50,' says chairman Dems unite against Trump's budget  — but challenges coming MORE (Md.) and Minority Whip Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinSenate votes to confirm Neomi Rao to appeals court The Hill's 12:30 Report: Manafort sentenced to total of 7.5 years in prison Trump faces growing pressure over Boeing safety concerns MORE (Ill.), are attending a briefing Wednesday afternoon in the White House convened by Trump.


Congressional Republican leaders are also expected at the briefing.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenHispanic Dems ask for multi-agency meeting on family separations 12 Republican senators defy Trump on emergency declaration  The Hill's Morning Report - Boeing crisis a test for Trump administration MORE and other high-level immigration officials are expected to brief congressional leaders on the humanitarian situation at the U.S.-Mexico border and the benefits of building a border wall.

Democratic aides are underlining they consider the event a "briefing," rather than a "meeting," indicating they don't expect a negotiation on ending a partial government shutdown that started Dec. 22.

Still, a Democratic aide told The Hill that party leaders want to attend the briefing "that many see as a stunt" because “[it's] not often the president gets to hear people tell him when he’s wrong. Democrats intend to do that today.”

The attendants will meet in the White House Situation Room, avoiding the possibility of including the media in the meeting, as happened the last time Schumer and Pelosi met with Trump to negotiate the funding impasse.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials will likely stress the importance of rescinding parts of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act and the Flores Settlement Agreement, a law and a court resolution that outline rules for migrant detention.

Following the deaths of two Guatemalan minors in DHS custody, the agency has shifted its arguments against illegal immigration to include the potential for migrants to bring diseases to the United States.

"We are in the midst of a humanitarian crisis on the border. We continue to see an increase of children arriving illegally w illnesses," Nielsen tweeted late Tuesday.