“We can declare a national emergency,” Mr. Trump said. “We shouldn’t have to.”
Later, standing just above the Rio Grande with military vehicles and border agents as his backdrop, he said he would consider a compromise that would allow undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children, often known as Dreamers, to maintain legal status they lost when he ended the Obama-era program that protected them.
“I would like to do a much broader form of immigration,” Mr. Trump said. “We could help the Dreamers.”
Only hours earlier, Mr. Pence had rejected such a deal, saying the president wanted to wait until the Supreme Court ruled this spring on whether an Obama-era program protecting young immigrants brought illegally as children was constitutional. Republicans and Democrats have struggled to find a way forward without knowing precisely what Mr. Trump would accept.