But those efforts ran aground last Thursday, as the President railed against the idea of providing more immigration slots to people from Haiti and African nations, as the term "shithole" countries created a furor in the US and around the world.
Trump denounced the deal reached by a group of six Republican and Democratic senators as too weak and insisted he did not use the word "shithole" to describe Haiti and African countries.
Speaker Paul Ryan says that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) legislation will not be on the table in budget talks after Donald Trump refused to accept a deal that would have included it. We're told this blockage is in its early stages. "The President invited us to - at his little get-together in the Cabinet room - to come up with proposals, and we did".
"We are at a deal", Sen.
"A court case is no guarantee of lasting security; a higher court can quickly overturn it", Schumer said on the Senate floor.
Of course, the entire reason the senators asked Kelly for the White House's demands in December was that they hadn't taken the October wish list seriously.
The immigration effort seemed to receive a boost Tuesday when Trump met with two dozen lawmakers and agreed to seek a bipartisan way to resuscitate the program.
The tweets came a day after a contentious meeting between the president and several congressional members. It would also end all family-sponsored immigration except for the spouses and minor children of American citizens, and do away with the diversity visa lottery program.
The bipartisan group included Durbin, Flake, Republican Sens. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, Michael McCaul of Texas, Raúl Labrador of Idaho, and Martha McSally of Arizona-in a Tuesday op-ed in The Wall Street Journal.
If it's the former, he's going to have to disappoint Tom Cotton; if the latter, he'll need to tell 700,000 people who grew up in the United States, lived by its laws, and contributed to its prosperity that this isn't their country anymore.
Bishop Vasquez said the bishops "stand ready to work" with Trump and Congress "in the coming days to help fashion a just solution that meets their needs, ensures our nation's safety and security, and sets the stage for the larger debate on immigration reform that is so urgently and desperately needed".
"We're going to have - more than a signal - we're going to have a very clear message this is something he'd support, that he'd sign", Cornyn said. "We don't need a wall where you have rivers and mountains and everything else protecting it, but we need a wall for a fairly good portion". The Senate's top Democrat said that despite the ruling, lawmakers and the White House must drive toward a bipartisan deal that would permanently shield them from deportation.
At Wednesday's meeting with lawmakers, Trump said he would be willing to place a DACA fix within a "bill of love", but did not specify what such legislation would entail.