President Donald Trump would like help from both sides of the party in getting an immigration bill passed, and he is thinking of tackling the issue in his speech to Congress on Tuesday night, CNN reports.
Trump campaigned on the promise that he would tighten up the borders and make it more difficult for illegal immigrants to stay in the country if they committed criminal acts. He was criticized for signing executive orders in late January temporarily banning citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States, directives that were overturned by the courts.
He also directed the federal government to adopt tough new rules intended to ramp up deportations.
"We're going to stop those drugs from poisoning our youth, from poisoning our people. We're going to be ruthless in that fight. We have no choice, and we're going to take that fight to the drug cartels and work to liberate our communities from their terrible grip of violence," Trump said in his speech to police officials on Feb. 8.
A source told CNN that there needs to be "a softening on both sides. There's got to be a coming together."
The president, according to the source, wants a bill passed where immigrants who have not committed a serious crime could live and work in the U.S. and pay taxes without fear of deportation.
There wouldn't be a path to citizenship for those in the country illegally except for maybe the "Dreamers," people brought into the country illegally when they were children.
"It has to be a negotiation," the official said, maintaining that the bill ideally could make lawmakers on the "far right" and "far left" happy.
"It could be good for everyone," the official said. "People are exhausted" from discussing the topic.
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