President Trump on Thursday said he has not reached an agreement with Democratic leaders to protect undocumented immigrants in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
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.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2017
Trump also reiterated he has no plans to abandon his longstanding pledge to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
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.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2017
He additionally voiced empathy for “Dreamers,” or the people who are covered by the controversial DACA program.
Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military? Really!.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2017
...They have been in our country for many years through no fault of their own - brought in by parents at young age. Plus BIG border security— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2017
Trump on Wednesday hosted Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for a dinner at the White House.
The two top Democrats said later that evening that they had reached a pact with Trump to protect Dreamers in exchange for new border security measures.
“We had a very productive meeting at the White House with the president,” Pelosi and Schumer said in a statement.
“We agreed to enshrine the protections of DACA into law quickly, and to work out a package of border security, excluding the wall, that’s acceptable to both parties.”
Lawmakers are scrambling to address the Trump administration’s decision last week to eliminate DACA after six months.
DACA temporarily blocks immigrants who illegally entered the U.S. as children from deportation and lets them then apply for renewable work permits.
Dreamers can apply for a new permit every two years, and about 800,000 people have benefited from DACA since the program’s genesis in 2012.
Barack Obama’s administration implemented DACA, and critics have since called the move an overreach of the former president’s executive powers.
Trump has since tasked Congress with resolving the DACA issue as part of a broader effort on immigration reform.
Deportation reprieves for some Dreamers are set to begin vanishing in March, leaving lawmakers with a short window for fixing the thorny challenge.
Trump earlier Wednesday urged lawmakers to find a quick solution for Dreamers who are concerned about their future.
“We don’t want to forget about DACA,” he said. “It’s already been a week and a half and people don’t talk about it as much.”
Here are five common myths about DACA that need to be debunked.
Without work permits, DACA students are racing to find a way to pay student loans.