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President Donald Trump is holding talks on immigration today as lawmakers try to prevent deporting thousands of immigrants.
A bi-partisan group is set to sit down with the president with a goal of coming up with a way to prevent deporting hundreds of thousands of immigrants. "I think this is going to be the inflection point where we get some things done or we don't," says Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Illinois).
Trump's desire to include the border wall in the negotiation appears to be preventing a bridge between some Republicans and Democrats. "We are going to end chain migration. We are going to end the lottery system and we are going to build the wall," insists Trump.
"The president has thrown a huge wrench into the works by insisting on an $18 billion wall and in fact, he is ready for a government shutdown if he doesn't get his wall," says Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii).
"The reality is nobody, except some of the most, kind of fringe element really wants to deport a million people that know nothing besides this country as their home. But at the same time, I think it's unrealistic to say we're going to do that without some aspect of border security," says Kinzinger.
There's something else that could lead to tensions at Tuesday's meeting. The White House is ending the temporary protected status for Salvadorians who fled from earthquakes in 2001 saying El Salvador has recovered enough to remove the protection. "The idea that he's going to put 200,000 Salvadorians up to the threat of deportation right now is only going to make the democrats dig in harder and try to make this a shutdown fight," says A.B. Stoddard, columnist, RealClearPolitics columnist.
Protectees like Orlando Zepeda have until Sept. 2019 to find a legal way to remain in the U.S. or face deportation. "It's worse than when I left El Salvador because now we have the other problems like the gang members that are doing bad things over there, especially forcing kids to go join them."