The Senate is taking a more bipartisan approach with a so-called "gang of six" - Senators Michelle Bennet, D-Colo., Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Cory Gardner, R-Colo., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Bob Menendez, D-N.J. - meeting Wednesday.
The U.S. Catholic bishops "are encouraged by the consensus" that emerged from a White House meeting that a legislative solution for DACA is "urgently needed", said the chairman of the bishops' Committee on Migration.
Marianne Rafferty reports from Los Angeles, CA.
At the heart of the issue is the legal protections for 800,000 immigrants brought to the US illegally as children who were allowed to work and go to school without fear of deportation under an Obama-era policy.
Dreamers are undocumented immigrants who were brought as children to the United States, largely from Mexico and Central American countries.
Democrats want DACA protections to be tied to a spending deal as government funding is set to expire on January 19th, but Republicans insist it won't be part of a spending bill.
President Trump has given Congress a March 15 deadline to come up with a legal fix for the Dreamers or they'll face deportation. The program protects as many as 800,000 young immigrants from being deported. Like we did back - oh, I remember when Kennedy was here and it was really a major, major effort, and it was a great disappointment that it went nowhere. Republicans who know an illegal immigrant and those who do not want to see illegal immigrants deported.
A related initiative, according to congressional aides, would shore up the Temporary Protection Status program that has been under attack by the Trump administration. They listed those countries.
TPS grants legal status to immigrants, allowing them to work. But as the discussion continued, Trump also said border security needed to be dealt with, as he left it up to the lawmakers to work out details.
The agreement among senators came as more than 100 corporate CEOs urged Congress to "act immediately and pass a permanent bipartisan legislative solution to enable Dreamers who are now living, working, and contributing to our communities to continue doing so".