President Donald Trump has not given up on Mexico paying for a border wall, White House secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Tuesday.
Earlier Tuesday, during a meeting with lawmakers on immigration, the president said he envisioned a two-part immigration plan. First, he wanted to see a border wall between the United States and Mexico, along with action for young people protected from deportation under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Then, Trump said he would be open to seeing Congress implement comprehensive immigration reform.
The White House said after the meeting that lawmakers had agreed to narrow the scope of the negotiations to four areas: border security, family-based “chain migration,” the visa lottery, and the DACA policy, winning nods from Democrats.
“It’s encouraging that the president seems open to a narrow deal protecting the Dreamers,” Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York said.
Sanders did not elaborate when asked what border security might look like, nor whether it would entail a physical wall.
PBS NewsHour will update this story as it develops.