President Donald Trump hardened his position on immigration Wednesday, a day after he appeared to support a wide-reaching deal that could grant millions of undocumented people a pathway to citizenship. During a meeting with congressional leaders on Tuesday, Trump repeatedly said he would “take the heat” for a sweeping immigration deal, which would likely be opposed by much of his far-right-wing anti-immigrant base. President Trump also said he wanted a bill to protect the 800,000 young undocumented people known as DREAMers, whose protections he attempted to rescind late last year when he canceled DACA—the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. But on Wednesday, Trump reversed course, telling reporters he would reject any immigration deal that doesn’t provide funding for a militarized border wall.
President Donald Trump: “I would imagine that the people in the room, both Democrat and Republican—I really believe they’re going to come up with a solution to the DACA problem, which has been going on for a long time, and, maybe beyond that, immigration as a whole. But any solution has to include the wall, because without the wall, it all doesn’t work. You could look at other instances. Look at what happened in Israel: They put up the wall, they solved a very major problem. We need the wall. We have to have the wall.”