Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi announced Wednesday night that they reached an agreement with President Donald Trump to protect certain young immigrants.
"We had a very productive meeting at the White House with the president," the Democratic leaders said in a joint statement after having dinner with Trump.
The agreement would ensure protections for the nearly 800,000 immigrants who benefited from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which Trump has announced he is ending.
"We agreed to enshrine the protections of DACA into law quickly, and work out a package of border security, excluding the wall, that's acceptable to both sides," Schumer and Pelosi announced.
Schumer and Pelosi say dinner with Trump "focused on DACA. We agreed to enshrine the protections of DACA into law quickly" pic.twitter.com/2g2pC2KyKX— Emma Loop (@LoopEmma) September 14, 2017
Shortly after the statement was released, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sander tweeted saying, "While DACA and border security were both discussed, excluding the wall was certainly not agreed to."
While DACA and border security were both discussed, excluding the wall was certainly not agreed to.— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) September 14, 2017
This is the second time in two weeks that Trump has bypassed Republicans to strike a deal of sorts with Pelosi and Schumer. Last week, Trump reached an agreement with Democrats on the debt ceiling and government funding.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.