President Donald Trump expressed a desire to find a compromise on comprehensive immigration reform on Tuesday, telling a bipartisan group of lawmakers he’d “take the heat” if they pursue such a plan.
After Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) urged the president to “close the deal” on a reform package, Trump offered to provide political cover for the push, according to press pool reports.
“If you want to take it that further step, I’ll take the heat,” Trump replied. “You are not that far away from comprehensive immigration reform.”
The president also proposed a two-pronged approach to tackling immigration, saying that after securing a deal on border security and finding a solution for young undocumented immigrants known as "Dreamers," the group could discuss broader immigration reform “the following day.”
“I think comprehensive will be phase two,” Trump said.
Trump has insisted that any compromise on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative include funding for a wall and increased spending on securing the border with Mexico.