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Trump, GOP Lawmakers Talk Border Security

The president talked with Schumer and Pelosi on the DREAM Act. Now, he’s talking with Republicans about border security.

The border fence with Mexico

President Trump met with conservative lawmakers on Monday night to discuss immigration a few weeks after flirting with Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi on a deal to protect ‘DREAMers,’ young, undocumented immigrants protected from deportation under an Obama administration order.

Accordint to Reuters, border security was first and foremost on the agenda:

Legal authority to close border security “loopholes” and other immigration reform measures were on the agenda for the dinner between Trump and House of Representatives Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, the official said.

Other attendees included Senator John Cornyn, the No. 2 Senate Republican, and Senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia.

Cotton and Perdue introduced the RAISE Act in Congress earlier this summer, with Trump’s endorsement. The bill would limit legal immigration by “reducing the number of family members American citizens can bring into the country.” Politico found plurality support for the bill, while a study by the conservative Heritage Foundation says the bill could save taxpayers money.

It’s unclear how Democrats would respond to border security measures in Congress. Many just want clean passage of the DREAM Act, which House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said the president would sign.

President Trump has not tweeted about immigration in some weeks, focusing the world’s most powerful Twitter account on hurricanes, ‘fake news,’ and the NFL. His last immigration tweet was on so-called “CHAIN MIGRATION.”

The RAISE Act addresses chain migration, one possible reason Trump is discussing that legislation at this time.