Democrats have low expectations for White House briefing

Senior congressional Democrats meeting President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons' Rocket attack hits Baghdad's Green Zone amid escalating tensions: reports Buttigieg on Trump tweets: 'I don't care' 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 PelosiPelosi receives John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award Dems walk Trump trade tightrope Tlaib calls on Amash to join impeachment resolution MORE (Calif.), Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSchumer wants investigation into Chinese-designed New York subway cars Getting serious about infrastructure Schumer calls on McConnell to hold vote on Equality Act MORE (N.Y.), incoming Majority Leader Rep. Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton Hoyer5 things to watch as Trump, Dems clash over investigations GOP lawmaker: Trump has engaged in multiple actions that 'meet the threshold for impeachment' Maxine Waters: Parts of Trump immigration plan are 'very racist' MORE (Md.) and Minority Whip Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinLet's stop treating student borrowers like second-class citizens Trump's immigration push faces Capitol Hill buzzsaw Hillicon Valley: Trump takes flak for not joining anti-extremism pact | Phone carriers largely end sharing of location data | Huawei pushes back on ban | Florida lawmakers demand to learn counties hacked by Russians | Feds bust 0M cybercrime group 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 NielsenTrump ICE director nominee called administration 'heartless' for forcing him out: report Acting DHS secretary threatened to quit after clashing with Miller: report Trump wants border wall black, pointed: report 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.