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Kelly, while offering no timetable for when an agreement might be reached, gave an upbeat assessment of the state of play in the debate over legal status for illegal aliens who were brought to the United States as children.

Also, he declared to Fox News network that the U.S. President announcedf a year ago he would end the program of Deferred Actions for Children Arrivals (DACA), but gave them time to legislators to reach a solution.

Flake's bipartisan working group has been trying to hammer out a compromise for weeks.

The president and Democrats are now negotiating border security and immigration reform ahead of a potential government shutdown Friday.

On January 11, a report that Canadian officials had become convinced Trump would exit the deal sent the Canadian dollar and the Mexican peso plummeting.

"I worked to get the six-month extension of DACA", Kelly said. Trump later called the measure "horrible" on border security.

In his tweet, President Trump said he still expected Mexico to pick up the costs, possibly "through longer term reimbursement". Trump said in another tweet. "DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don't really want it, they just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our Military", he wrote on Twitter. We need more Republicans to continue our already successful agenda!

The Trump administration has funded the construction of eight wall prototypes.

Trump did not specify the source of his security comment although a new travel advisory for Mexico issued by the U.S. Department of State last week placed five states on the same travel advisory level as war-torn countries such as Syria and Yemen.

Half of the roughly 55,000 diversity-lottery visas now allocated annually would be reallocated based on new merit-based preferences to immigrants from "priority countries" that are underrepresented, according to highlights. He added that in return for protecting the young immigrants, "what they want in return is continuously a moving target and it continuously expands".

Gutierrez, a vocal opponent of Trump and outspoken proponent of a comprehensive immigration overhaul, apologized directly to Kelly for comments he made in the fall. But not the parents, not the extended families. However, parents of dreamers would be eligible to apply for three-year renewable work permits. If they have minor children, the minor children will come in.

Finally, the SRE said that "Mexico will not negotiate NAFTA or any other aspect of the bilateral relationship through social networks or the media".

And notably, of all the policy issues that have gotten entangled with DACA - not just whether and how to legalize the people now protected under the program, but also border security, family-based immigration, the diversity visa lottery, asylum law, workplace verification, and, incredibly, the Children's Health Insurance Program - no one is attempting to demand a 2,000-mile wall in exchange for legalizing DACA recipients.

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., walks to a news conference following a closed-door strategy sessions with fellow Republicans at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018.