Trump is hoping his deal with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will bring the GOP a victory against Democrats, but he is still struggling to keep up with Cruz.
Trump is hoping the deal he struck with McConnell will help the Republican leader in his bid to win over conservatives, who he says need to support his agenda and have no qualms with his tough stance on immigration.
“This is a deal that will be very, very good for Mitch McConnell,” Trump told Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” on Thursday.
The deal, Trump said, is similar to what President Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain did with their “No More Deaths” bill.
But it doesn’t include Cruz’s plan to temporarily halt the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, known as DREAMers.
Trump and McConnell have said that DREAMer protections will be permanent under the deal, which would also keep undocumented immigrants in the country illegally for a year after they leave the country.
But Trump’s team says the bill would provide a temporary reprieve for thousands of DREAMERs, who are eligible for a temporary amnesty and are allowed to apply for citizenship.
The two Republican leaders, who meet every other month, had made clear that the deal would not be the first step toward a Senate win against Democrats.
The deal also has to be signed into law by Trump.
“I think the first thing we do, when we have it signed into a law, we have to put it into effect,” McConnell told reporters at the White House on Thursday, adding that he is optimistic it would pass the Senate.
“But then, it will take the votes in the Senate,” McConnell said.
“If we can get it through the Senate, we can put it in place and we will then have a legislative solution that will end DACA,” Trump said.
The White House is pushing the deal through as soon as next week.
“He (McConnell) is working really hard to get this thing passed and he has done a terrific job,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.
The president is scheduled to leave for the Capitol in Washington on Friday to meet with his own legislative team.
The GOP is expected to pass its bill with little opposition, and it would allow Trump to pursue immigration legislation, something the president has repeatedly promised.
Trump has made his immigration position a central focus of his presidential campaign.
“The DREAM Act is a Trojan horse for amnesty,” Trump has said.
“It will allow DREAMERS to come in and get legal status.
The deal is the latest twist in a political saga that began in January with Trump’s surprise announcement that he would seek the Republican presidential nomination. “
The DRAISE Act would allow them to get jobs, get green cards and then they would be able to stay and work and pay taxes.”
The deal is the latest twist in a political saga that began in January with Trump’s surprise announcement that he would seek the Republican presidential nomination.
He promised to build a wall along the U, S. border with Mexico to deter illegal immigration, and he accused Democrats of wanting to force him to drop out of the race.
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On Tuesday, Trump and McConnell made an announcement that would mark a major departure from their previous efforts to negotiate immigration reform, with Trump announcing the formation of a task force with the goal of drafting a comprehensive immigration bill and the two leaders pledging to work together.
“It’s going to be a very important process,” Trump tweeted.
“We’re going to have a new President, and we are going to get things done.”
On Thursday, the Trump-McConnell deal was announced, with both sides saying they had reached an agreement that would give DREAMered immigrants a two-year reprieve in their deportation process.
“President Trump is pleased to announce that Senator Mitch McConnell has reached a bipartisan agreement to temporarily suspend DREAM, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and other unlawful actions for DREAMed individuals who came here as children and have lived in the U in the United States for at least five years,” Trump and his team said in a statement.
“This agreement will protect DACA recipients, and will allow them the opportunity to apply to become naturalized U. S. citizens.”
Trump said the deal will also help the GOP win over conservative voters, many of whom had previously rejected the GOP’s hardline stance on immigrants.
“Senator McConnell and I agreed on a plan to provide DREAM recipients the opportunity for permanent relief, which is why Senator McConnell introduced the legislation,” Trump’s transition team said.
McConnell had been working behind the scenes to try to convince Republicans to support the deal before Trump announced it.
He said the DREAM measure would “give the DREASHLOW program permanent status and allow the DRIELDER program to continue.”
But as the deal took shape, McConnell’s political team began to work to convince conservatives that it was worth