Confusion Over Supposed DACA Deal With Trump

DACA deal capitolIn a statement made Wednesday night by Democratic leaders Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, agreement was reached to “enshrine the protections of DACA (the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program) into law quickly, and to work out a package of border security, excluding the wall, that’s acceptable to both sides.” While Trump admits his willingness to work with Democrats on a deal to protect young undocumented migrants, known as Dreamers, he firmly told journalists that any agreement must include “massive border security.”

Much confusion occurred after the two top Democrats attended the Wednesday dinner meeting at the White House. Sen. Schumer and House Minority Leader Pelosi strongly believed they had struck a deal with the President. Many of Trump’s own party were surprised by the announcement of a deal, and some accused Trump of bowing down to Democrats. However, on Thursday morning, the president tweeted, “No deal was made last night on DACA. Massive border security would have to be agreed to in exchange for consent. Would be subject to vote.” President Trump tweeted further clarifications, “The WALL, which is already under construction in the form of new renovation of old and existing fences and walls, will continue to be built.” Matt House, Mr. Schumer’s communications director, responded to Trump’s actions on Twitter, “The President made clear he would continue pushing the wall, just not as part of this agreement.”

Meanwhile, Trump does express concern over the fate of the young illegal immigrants protected under DACA, asking, “Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated, and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military?” Just before heading to Florida to view the damage from Hurricane Irma, Trump explained that he is aware that people would like to see the protection of Dreamers happen. He reconfirmed his desire to build a wall by explaining, “The wall will come later.”



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