US President Donald Trump says he is open to a comprehensive immigration deal that would create a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants, signaling he will “take the heat” for what appears to be a major shift from his harsh campaign rhetoric.
Trump made the remarks Tuesday during a public negotiating session with congressional Republicans and Democrats who are considering a short-term deal that would grant legal status for undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children.
“I think my positions are going to be what the people in this room come up with,” he said. “If they come to me with things that I’m not in love with, I’m going to do it, because I respect them.”
The president agreed to a framework for an immigration deal to couple protection for young immigrants with border security and a down payment for his proposed border wall, suggesting he was willing to take on his own political…