Lawmakers say they’re close to inking DACA deal with White House

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are confident that they are close on a deal that will ensure the future of thousands of undocumented immigrants thrown into legal limbo by President Trump.

“We’re at a deal, so we’ll be talking to the White House about that and I hope we can move forward with it, it’s the only game in town. There’s no other bill,” Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) told reporters on Thursday.

Flake is one of six members of a bipartisan panel working to bring Democrats and Republicans together.

At the heart of the issue is the legal protections for 800,000 immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children who were allowed to work and go to school without fear of deportation under an Obama-era policy.

Trump warns Democrats: No border wall, no DACA deal

Trump said during a bipartisan meeting on Tuesday that he would sign whatever bill reaches his desk.

Trump said during a bipartisan meeting on Tuesday that he would sign whatever bill reaches his desk.

(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Trump rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program last year and booted the issue to Congress as he called for funding for a border wall with Mexico.

Trump campaigned on the promise that Mexico would foot the bill for the $18 billion partition.

Shortly after Flake’s comments, a spokesman for Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said talks were ongoing.

The bill is likely to call for legal status for the so-called Dreamers who were allowed to work under DACA in exchange for a border security package.

Dems hoping for DACA deal in meeting with White House officials

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Protesters gather around the world to support DACA

It’s unclear what other concessions Democrats would give the President and his Republican allies.

Trump has called for an end to the Temporary Protected Status designation that allows certain groups of immigrants legal status as well as so-called chain migration and ending the lottery system.

Marc Short, the White House legislative affairs director said there was still “a ways to go.”

“We are encouraged that there is genuine interest in finding a deal and encouraged that a prospective deal is focused on the four areas that we’ve laid out but there remains a long way to go,” he told reporters Thursday.

Mexico says Dreamers will suffer ‘irreparable harm’ without DACA

Trump said during a bipartisan meeting on Tuesday that he would sign whatever bill reaches his desk.

“You folks are going to have to come up with a solution,” Trump told a group of 25 lawmakers during a televised meeting at the White House. “And if you do, I’m going to sign that solution.”

Trump has called for an end to the Temporary Protected Status designation that allows certain groups of immigrants legal status as well as so-called chain migration and ending the lottery system.

Trump has called for an end to the Temporary Protected Status designation that allows certain groups of immigrants legal status as well as so-called chain migration and ending the lottery system.

(Carolyn Kaster/AP)

Democrats have set Jan.19, the day that government funding runs out as their self-imposed deadline to pass an immigration bill.

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