President Donald Trump dismissed reports that he’s reached a deal with Democratic lawmakers to protect young immigrants from deportation.
The president reportedly agreed to a legislative solution for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, in exchange for enhanced border security — but Trump tweeted on Thursday morning the deal hadn’t been completed.
“No deal was made last night on DACA,” Trump tweeted. “Massive border security would have to be agreed to in exchange for consent. Would be subject to vote.”
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
Framework for the deal was sketched out over a dinner hosted by Trump with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi — but the president denied reports that funding for the border wall would be excluded.
“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,” he tweeted.
Immigration hardliners were furious at that Trump appeared to have broken his campaign promise on DACA, but the president signaled a willingness to allow DACA recipients to remain in the U.S.
“Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military?” Trump tweeted. “Really!”
“They have been in our country for many years through no fault of their own – brought in by parents at young age,” he added. “Plus BIG border security.”