The Latest: Trump says Democrats are ‘AWOL’ on immigration

WASHINGTON — The Latest on Republican party gatherings (all times local):

8:30 p.m.

President Donald Trump says the Democrats are “missing in action” when it comes to passing an immigration overhaul.

Trump is telling Republican party leaders and donors: “The Democrats are AWOL. … They’re missing in action. We have a proposal. We never hear from them.”

The White House has proposed creating a path to citizenship for up to 1.8 million young people living in the county illegally in exchange for billions for a border wall and dramatic cuts to legal immigration.

Democrats have blasted the plan and called it dead on arrival.

Trump is accusing Democrats of wanting to use the issue as a wedge in the 2018 midterm elections. He says, “I don’t think they want to solve” the problem.


6 p.m.

Congressional Republicans have gathered at a West Virginia resort in search of a winning election-year agenda, facing the notion that the best they have to offer in 2018 may be a recitation of the tax cuts approved in 2017.

The legislators got a pep talk from President Donald Trump reliving passage of the tax bill and highlighting other GOP victories from his first year in office.

But the president offered no clear strategy for resolving the immigration-and-spending standoff that produced a three-day government shutdown in January and threatens a second shutdown next week. And he offered no new policy details on infrastructure, prescription drug prices or other items he’s mentioned as ripe for attention in 2018.

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