President Trump said on Wednesday that he would send Congress a legislative proposal to provide legal status and ultimately citizenship to young immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children and now face deportation.
The president told reporters he wanted to give the so-called Dreamers a way to achieve full citizenship in 10 to 12 years.
"Tell them not to be concerned,” Trump said. “Tell them not to worry. We will solve the problem."
President Trump, who has wavered in his willingness to sit down with investigators examining Russian interference with the campaign that placed him in the White House, said Wednesday that he was “looking forward” to meeting with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.
“I would do it under oath,” Trump told reporters during an impromptu conversation in the doorway of his chief of staff’s office.
Asked when the meeting would happen, he said, “I guess they’re talking about two or three weeks, but I would love to do it.”
The political battle over a hotly controversial memo involving surveillance entered a new phase on Wednesday as Democrats announced they have drafted their own, competing document.
The original, classified memo was prepared by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, a Tulare Republican, and made available to every member of Congress last week. Republicans who read the four-page document said it reveals shocking information about the investigation into President Trump, which began during the campaign, but Democrats have dismissed it as a distortion.
Now that Republicans are pushing to make their memo public, Democrats want their own version available as well.
As Turkey continued air and ground attacks on U.S.-backed militias in neighboring Syria, President Trump urged the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on Wednesday to limit its military operations and avoid civilian casualties, according to a White House statement.
In a phone call, Trump called on Erdogan to focus on the shared goal of fighting Islamic State militants and avoid military operations that could produce a clash between Turkish and U.S. military forces deployed near the border in northern Syria.
The United States and Turkey are both members of the NATO military alliance, but relations between Ankara and Washington have been strained badly over the past year. Trump’s call was at least the third time the administration has complained about Turkish attacks, to no apparent effect.
I will NOT be attending today’s meeting at the White House after @realDonaldTrump’s Department of Justice decided to renew their racist assault on our immigrant communities. It doesn’t make us safer and it violates America’s core values.
As Pence prayed on the men's side, it was impossible for the female journalists to see above the cameras and microphones held by their male colleagues. (Jan. 24, 2018)
An Israeli newspaper said it would sue the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv after one of its reporters was restrained with other female journalists while attempting to cover Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Jerusalem’s Western Wall.
The Justice Department sent letters to 23 states, cities and counties, including California, Los Angeles and Chicago, demanding records showing whether law enforcement officers are sharing information with federal agents on the immigration status of people in their custody. (Jan. 24, 2018)
Returning to a favorite cause for President Trump and Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, the Justice Department on Wednesday escalated a struggle with two dozen so-called sanctuary jurisdictions, demanding records proving they are cooperating with immigration enforcement agencies.
The department sent letters to 23 states, cities and counties, including California, Los Angeles and Chicago, demanding records showing whether law enforcement officers are sharing information with federal agents on the immigration status of people in their custody.
If the local jurisdictions don’t comply, the department says it will issue subpoenas or possibly cut off certain federal grant funds.
As Congress searches for a deal to protect so-called Dreamers from deportation, there are parallels to 2013, when immigration legislation won widespread support in the Senate only to be roundly ignored in the more conservative, Republican-led House.