(CNN) People are scratching their heads, hard-line conservatives are pulling out their hair and Republican leaders are watching from the sidelines as President Donald Trump negotiates directly with Democrats on some of the major issues facing the nation.
If the deal materializes, it would be the second bipartisan compromise shepherded by the president, Pelosi, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in under a month, despite some conservative opposition.
"I think Democrats get that". "We will build a wall (not a fence) along the Southern border of the United States of America to help stop illegal immigration and keep America safe".
On Thursday morning, the president - a former Democrat himself - and the minority leaders appeared largely aligned.
Here is my thought about how these folks can get their wall built: They pay for it.
One of President Donald Trump's key legislative negotiators called for a "conversation" over what exactly the proposed border wall would really be.
A pathway to citizenship given to Dreamers would inevitably allow some to sponsor their families, including their undocumented parents, who, in many cases, brought them to the country in an illegal way, if rules of chain migration still stand.
In the past, Trump's boosters would have rushed to assure his supporters that the president is totally committed to the wall and claimed that the media are trying to drive a wedge between Trump and his base by manufacturing a narrative about supposed flimsiness.
Trump has tested the limits of his supporters' loyalty before, often to find that they were unshaken by his policy reversals. "You don't have the path to the American dream, you don't have the path to being an American citizen or being even a Green Card member", said the Republican operative.
Trump will need all the support he can get, because establishment Republican leaders are already pushing back.
There's no guarantee that the common ground Trump found this week with Democrats on immigration will result in legislation. House Speaker Paul Ryan hasn't said if he'll bring the DREAM Act up for a vote, and there aren't many any other bills on the table to protect immigrants.
In a radio interview, Ryan said "there's a sweet spot for this. a majority in Congress" to protect young immigrants while also bolstering border security.
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