President Trump had White House dinner on Wednesday evening with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D- N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) where they reached a deal to protect thousands of younger immigrants from deportation and fund some border security enhancements, according to the Associated Press.
Absent from the deal between President Trump and the 2 top Democrats leaders in Congress was the funding of President Trump’s border wall on the southern U.S. border with Mexico, although White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted Wednesday evening that “excluding the wall was certainly not agreed to.”
“While DACA and border security were both discussed, excluding the wall was certainly not agreed to” Sanders tweeted.
While DACA and border security were both discussed, excluding the wall was certainly not agreed to.
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) September 14, 2017
DACA, an acronym for Deferred Action For Childhood Action, was started under former U.S. President Barack Obama through executive order and gave some protections to childhood arrivals who illegally entered the U.S.
But last week President Trump announced he was ending DACA and gave Congress a six month ultimatum to approve new legislation that would ensure the protections under DACA.
The Associated Press, citing an anonymous source, reports that the deal that was reached on Wednesday at the White House with the 2 Democratic leader “specifies bipartisan legislation called the DREAM Act that provides eventual citizenship for the young immigrants.”
President Trump surprised many Republicans in his own party last week when he accepted a Democratic led plan to temporarily raise the U.S. debt ceiling plan and fund the U.S. government for 3 months instead of accepting a longer term plan that many Republicans urged President Trump to accept.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) told the Associated Press in an interview on Wednesday that their plan is to get tax reform done by the end of the year after coming together on the main framework.
Speaker Ryan also said that kicking the 800,000 kids out of the country from the DACA reversal “is not in our nation’s interest” but admitted that we need to make progress on immigration because it is a “broken system” and said he supports a merit based immigration system for the economy’s needs.
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