President Trump is urging lawmakers to put "country before party" and craft a bipartisan immigration reform bill. During a meeting with Republicans and Democrats at the White House Trump said border security is one of his top priorities. He said he wants funding for a massive border wall along with an end to chain migration and visa lotteries. Trump promised that a Republican bill will be introduced later this week and stressed that it should be a "bill of love."
Democrats want to restore protections for young immigrants who were brought into the U.S. illegally as children. Trump removed those protections when he repealed the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an Obama-era program that protected those children from deportation. When Trump rescinded the executive order that created the program, he challenged Congress to craft a permanent legislative solution within six months. The six month extension expires on March 5th, leaving Congress with little time to act if it wants to save the program.
Immigration reform has been linked to the broader negotiations over a must-pass budget bill. Without an agreement on the budget the government will run out of money and shut down January 19th. Many Democrats have warned that they will not vote for the budget bill unless it includes protections for Dreamers. But, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, has said he will not allow the Democrats to slip DACA protections in the bill, and that immigration reform should be part of a separate bill.