DREAMER DISCUSSIONS: Trump has sought to shut down the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which provides for deportation protection and work authorization for people who came to the country illegally as children. As POLITICO's Anita Kumar reports, Trump told Republican senators during a meeting at the White House Thursday that he will hold off on a proposal for protecting DACA recipients until the Supreme Court rules on whether ending DACA is legal. That's is expected to happen in June, five months before Election Day.
"The takeaway for me is if the court rules in the president's favor, we're not going to allow these folks to have their lives turned upside down," said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a close Trump ally who has long pushed for a massive rewrite of the nation's immigration laws. "But we will try to put together a package that protects the DACA population," Graham said.
But don't forget... Trump tried to strike a deal with Democrats that would have protected Dreamers in exchange for his immigration priorities, such as money for a southern border wall. But that effort quickly died in Congress amid a backlash from immigration hawks.
Trump has promised via tweet that he will strike a compromise on this issue with Democrats. But during a Senate hearing Wednesday, acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf declined to make a "blanket" statement about whether DACA recipients would be removed, Reuters' Ted Hesson reports. Wolf said that removing Dreamers who haven't committed a crime "would not be our priority."
— "Trump border crackdown stalls as illegal crossings increase for first time in 9 months," from The Washington Post
— "'Flood the Streets': ICE Targets Sanctuary Cities With Increased Surveillance," from The New York Times