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    Trump Says Would Love to See 'Big' Immigration Bill to Effectuate Real Reform

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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US President Donald Trump said during a bill signing ceremony on Wednesday that he would like to see Congress pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill to resolve the situation concerning illegal migrants in the United States.

    “I would love to see a big immigration bill where we really take care of the situation,” Trump said. “We would like to see real immigration reform in this country because we need it.”

    Trump emphasized there is a demand for qualified immigrants in the United States to work for various companies that need skilled labour.

    The US president will meet with Congressional leaders later on Tuesday to negotiate a deal on a spending bill that will also provide $5.7 billion he requested to fund the construction of a wall on the US border with Mexico.

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    Democrats, who control the US House of Representatives, have vowed to block any bill that includes the amount of money Trump is requesting to construct the border wall.

    On December 22, the US government shut down after Democrats refused to include the $5.7 billion in funding Trump had requested.

    Meanwhile, Trump told reporters on Wednesday that the Republican Party remains united on border security amid the ongoing dispute.

    "I would say we have a very, very unified party," Trump said. "The Republicans want border security, they want national security, they want to have a steel barrier or a wall, concrete, they don't care. We need a barrier to stop the human traffickers and the drug trade and stop all of the big problems that come."

    Trump was speaking after meeting with Republican Senators on Capitol Hill to discuss the government shutdown and border security.

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