Sen. Chris Coons cosponsors bipartisan effort on immigration reform

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With another government shutdown on the horizon as Republicans and Democrats debate over the DACA program and border security, Trump held a round-table discussion with law enforcement with the topic of the MS-13 gang.

"If we don't change it, let's have a shutdown", Trump said of the nation's immigration laws.

A deal on DACA, the issue that helped lead to the last government shutdown, has yet to emerge that will get the support of the White House. A federal judge has indefinitely blocked Trump from terminating DACA's protections for the so-called Dreamers, who were brought to the U.S.as children and are living here illegally.

The US House of Representatives have passed a stopgap spending bill to fund the government through late March. "If the theory is that Republicans will eventually cave in and give Democrats whatever they want because the shutdown is too painful, you need a new theory".

Flake told reporters he thinks President Donald Trump "sees a political downside of not fixing" the problem of "Dreamers", younger immigrants whose protections against deportation the president is ending.

In exchange for making citizenship a possibility, Trump wants $25bn for border security, including money to build parts of his coveted wall along the US-Mexico boundary.

Sen. Dick Durbin, the second-highest ranking Senate Democrat, said a DACA deal is unlikely before Thursday's government shutdown deadline.

Despite being forced to miss a party at Mar-a-Lago in honor of his inauguration in January, President Trump sarcastically remarked that the shutdown was a "present" from Democrats.

Trump has argued in favor of government shutdowns in the past, tweeting in May a year ago the the country "need [ed] a good "shutdown" ... to fix" gridlock on Capitol Hill.

Now he's leaning into another confrontation - unless he gets his desired immigration reforms and border security funding. He adds that the 1.3 million estimate includes people who are not eligible for DACA because of criminal convictions, so the actual application rate among eligible Dreamers is likely higher.

Gidley concurred, saying "so in order to protect the American people, you have to have a wall at the border" - an issue upon which many Democratic lawmakers have remained obstinate and refused to support fully. The U.S. President took to the social media and announced that the proposal was a complete waste of time.

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