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Tillis: White House Meeting Important Step on DACA

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By    |   Wednesday, 10 January 2018 02:41 PM

Tuesday's White House meeting on immigration was an important step toward getting both Democrats and Republicans working together on a legislative solution on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Sen. Thom Tillis said Wednesday.

"I'm somewhere in the middle and have been working on this for some time," the North Carolina Republican told MSNBC. "I want to get Democrats in the room. That's why I thought the meeting was so helpful yesterday."

President Donald Trump raised some eyebrows when he told the lawmakers in the room that his positions on DACA and immigration will be what the people there came up with, but Tillis said he does believe the president will uphold conservative principles. He also believes the words will inspire confidence with Republicans.

"A part of what we have to do is figure out how many votes we need," said Tillis. "By the president saying that, he said that he's not going to veto a bill."

There were many things that happened during the meeting that need unwrapped, however, he added.

"More than once, when the cameras were present and then after, that the remaining 30 minutes of the meeting, he said that he doesn't view the border wall as some monolithic wall that goes over 2,000 miles," said Tillis. "[He said] that it's a technology infrastructure approach. That is big. And I hope the media recognizes that we can dispel this myth that we're going to create the Western Hemisphere equivalent of the Chinese wall."

Trump also said there are many things he's willing to negotiate, since comprehensive reform can't be done at this time, the congressman said.

"He's willing to work with us on what we can do to get DACA policy in place and reasonable border security," said Tillis.

He also believes Trump is worried about the long-term solution that is reached on the Dreamers' issue.

"He genuinely cares and has a compassionate point of view, but he mentioned border security," said Tillis. "Mechanically, we have to bring that together ... I thought it was great to have the press there. I think 25 members of the press were looking around to say, do they know we're still here? But I thought it was a great meeting because it gave the American people insights into the parameter that we've got to negotiate."

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Tuesday's White House meeting on immigration was an important step toward getting both Democrats and Republicans working together on a legislative solution on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Sen. Thom Tillis said Wednesday.
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