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Sen. David Perdue: WH Immigration Meeting Marked 'Watershed" Moment

Sen. David Perdue: WH Immigration Meeting Marked 'Watershed" Moment
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By    |   Wednesday, 10 January 2018 09:36 AM

By opening a White House bipartisan meeting on immigration to the public and media Tuesday, President Donald Trump brought out a conversation that's been going on for 15 years and marked a "watershed date," Sen. David Perdue said Wednesday.

"I applaud the president for doing that," the Georgia Republican, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program.

"It brought an air of transparency to a conversation that's been attempted here for the last 15 years or more trying to solve our immigration problem so I applaud that."

Trump made the decision to keep the media pool in the meeting as he heard the conversation that was unfolding about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Perdue continued, and "I think he felt like it was good for the American people to see this dialogue firsthand."

The president is an "outsider," Perdue added, and a "business guy [who] just wants to get results on this issue just like he did on taxes."

On Tuesday, the lawmakers attending the meeting at the White House agreed on the scope of the current negotiations, as they are not trying to solve all of the immigration problems in one attempt, said Perdue.

"What we want to do is solve the DACA issue, bring border security to our borders," said Perdue. "The second thing or third thing is eliminate migration and the archaic diversity Visa lottery."

Trump also established a sense of urgency by opening the meeting, said Perdue, and "that's something rare here in Washington."

Democrats have threatened to hold up the national spending bill, which has a deadline of Jan. 19, unless DACA legislation is finalized, but Perdue said he does not think lawmakers should be doing that.

"What we have right now is a date that we have been given of March 5," he said of the DACA decision. "We are still working toward that date. We will have meetings today and every day until we get to some solutions on this.

"Frankly, I think we have a unique opportunity that Democrats and Republicans now have a common set of, I believe, objectives here that overlap. I think we have got a unique opportunity in history to actually get this solved."

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By opening a White House bipartisan meeting on immigration to the public and media Tuesday, President Donald Trump brought out a conversation that's been going on for 15 years and marked a "watershed date," Sen. David Perdue said Wednesday.
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