(NBC News) Top Republicans and Democrats came together at the White House Tuesday to hammer out a new immigration policy, but what made it unusual was that much of the meeting was broadcast on TV for everyone to see.
For nearly an hour, a room full of key decision makers in both parties were hashing it out in front of cameras.
“Mr. President, I think we have to be clear…we don’t want to be back here 2 years later, you have to have security,” said Republican Rep. for California, Kevin McCarty.
Republicans were demanding a hard fix on immigration, while the main issue for Democrats was fixing DACA and protecting so-called dreamers, undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. As children.
“This should be a bipartisan bill, it should be a bill of love,” said President Trump.
President Trump suggested a two part solution, first, handle DACA, then, more sweeping immigration reform including the border wall.
But some Republicans not in the meeting say a soft immigration stance means breaking a campaign promise.
Everyone agreeing they will all have to give a little.
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