Trump denies 'deal' with Democrats on young immigrants, DACA

Frederick Owens
September 15, 2017

Judge Garaufis' statement was not a court order, but it was a potent hint of his position toward the decision to rescind DACA, a matter that arrived in his court last week when immigration lawyers filed a federal complaint saying that ending the program was an "arbitrary, capricious" move "based upon animus toward Latinos".

Trump "shouldn't be using nearly 800,000 people as a bargaining chip", Kaplun said.

"It gives me a lot of hope", Gomez said.

President Donald Trump denied Thursday an assertion by Congress' top two Democrats that they reached an agreement with him that would preserve protections for young immigrants in the US illegally while providing border security enhancements, but not the Southern wall he has coveted.

"This was a great outlet for us to be able to express to the [Trump] administration how we feel as students", Gaona said.

This doesn't necessarily make the situation any easier, but it does no one any good to push the myth that young people are suffering exclusively at the hands of Republicans and a president who was specifically elected to rid the country of as many immigrants - legal and not legal - as possible.

In response to the White House's initial dissent to the Democratic statement, Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said that "the president was clear he would press for the wall but separate from this agreement".

The back-and-forth comes as the president has suddenly turned to Democrats to jump-start his legislative imperatives.

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Indeed, in the face of ferocious pushback from conservative lawmakers and media outlets including Breitbart, run by former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, the White House appeared focused more on shaping presentation of the agreement, than on denying it outright. Trump is also scheduled to meet with a group of moderate members of Congress from both parties Wednesday afternoon.

"Our president didn't say he wanted to get rid of DACA", Mathis said.

"More and more we're trying to work things out together", Trump said Wednesday, calling the development a "positive thing" for both parties.

A person briefed on the Wednesday night meeting, who spoke on condition anonymity about the private get-together, said the deal had centered on bipartisan legislation that would provide eventual citizenship for the young immigrants.

Early Thursday morning, Mr. Trump posted a message on Twitter that seemed supportive of DACA and the immigrants it protects, who are commonly known as Dreamers.

Added Ryan, R-Wis.: "So I do believe that there's got to be a solution to this problem".

Trump, who was deeply disappointed by Republicans' failure to make good on years of promises to repeal "Obamacare", infuriated many in his party last week when he reached a three-month deal with Schumer and Pelosi to raise the debt ceiling, keep the government running and speed relief to states affected by recent hurricanes.

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