US President Trump Says Deal On Young Migrants 'Fairly Close'

Frederick Owens
September 17, 2017

On Wednesday evening, Trump talked worldwide trade, immigration reform, and border security at a White House dinner featuring, among others, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday that President Trump is committed to building the border wall. "Really", Trump tweeted Thursday.

Dean Browning, chairman of the immigration committee of the Lehigh Valley Tea Party, said "the wall has to come first" before any move to protect Dreamers, as Daca recipients are known. "I think it's something that we need to look at on a bipartisan basis, so to the extent that he can help get Democrats at the table to talk about border security, he can also get Republicans to the table about how to deal with DREAMers".

Before flying to Florida on Thursday to review damage from Hurricane Irma, Trump described his agreement with the Democrats as an exchange of concessions on border security spending for his willingness to sign legislation protecting the 670,000 recipients of the Obama-era Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program, or Daca.

"To not end DACA, to stay in Afghanistan and to violate several campaign promises, leaves me no choice", he said, still wearing the iconic scarlet hat as he held a blazing flame.

These young people are not criminals, they did not enter the country illegally; they were brought by their parents, who came in search of a better life, in search of the American dream.

The House's foremost immigration hard-liner, GOP Rep. Steve King of Iowa, addressed Trump over Twitter, writing that if the reports were true, "Trump base is blown up, destroyed, irreparable, and disillusioned beyond fix".

"We're talking about taking care of people, people who were brought here, people who've done a good job".

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Initially, Trump said that Congress would have six months to find a replacement and to pass legislation to save the DREAMers, meaning that the current programme's protections would be revoked in March 2018.

For a few minutes on Thursday morning it appeared that Donald Trump - the man who launched his presidential campaign by deriding immigrants and bathed in chants of "build the wall" at campaign rallies - was open to a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants in the United States.

The deal, Democrats said, would enshrine protections of DACA into law.

None of this makes even the tiniest bit of sense, but I will try mightily to make some of it nonetheless.

"We're not interested in not resolving that issue - we want a clear legislative solution so we don't have to be kicking the can down the road", Sanchez said.

With the termination of DACA, as announced by the Trump administration, these individuals could face deportation at the discretion of the administration, it said.

Representative Linda Sanchez, a Democrat from California who leads the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said Schumer and Pelosi had insisted on the DREAM Act as part of negotiations, "not something that's a half-measure, like the Curbelo bill".

On the Hill, many Republicans were supportive. I voted 4 Trump knowing he wasn't a Conservative & knowing he had no core.

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