During President Donald Trump's bipartisan meeting at the White House on Wednesday, he told members of Congress not to forget about addressing immigration reform, saying “we don’t want to forget DACA,” according to a transcript released by the press office.
“It’s already been a week and a half, and people don’t talk about it as much,” Trump said regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which he decided to end a little over a week ago.
The president again called for a joint effort from both Democrats and Republicans to find a legislative solution to the controversial issue. “We want to see if we can do something in a bipartisan fashion so that we can solve the DACA problem and other immigration problems,” Trump said.
The president has persistently urged Congress find a solution for the 800,000 left in limbo following his move to end the Obama-era program in six months.
“Congress now has the opportunity to advance responsible immigration reform that puts American jobs and American security first,” Trump said in a statement following his decision, as reported by IJR. “I look forward to working with Republicans and Democrats in Congress to finally address all of these issues in a manner that puts the hardworking citizens of our country first.”
Lately, the president has been meeting more and more with members of both parties to progress his lengthy agenda, and perhaps in an effort to circumvent the need to court the entire Republican Party, which failed to come to a consensus on replacing and replacing Obamacare.
While the president has come under fire for working with Democrats recently, the American people appear to be on board with Trump's bipartisan edge.
Sixty-six percent of likely U.S. voters say they think Trump reaching across the political aisle is good for the country, with 65 percent saying they hope the president does it even more, according to a new poll from Rasmussen.
Trump will continue discussing issues like DACA, tax reform, and health care when he has dinner with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) later Wednesday evening.