Donald Trump on Thursday called House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and agreed to send out a tweet reassuring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients their immediate status is not in jeopardy following the president’s decision to end the Obama-era immigration program, the New York Times’ Maggie Haberman reports.
“For all of those (DACA) that are concerned about your status during the 6 month period, you have nothing to worry about - No action!” Trump tweeted on Thursday. The president’s assurances are unlikely to quell fears among DACA recipients over the fate of the program that shielded young undocumented immigrants from deportation. The Trump administration on Tuesday drew bipartisan criticism after it formally announced the end of DACA, instead providing Congress a six-month window to act.
For all of those (DACA) that are concerned about your status during the 6 month period, you have nothing to worry about - No action!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1504791772.0
A Democratic aide told Time’s Nash Jenkins the president spoke with Pelosi Thursday morning and was asked by the minority leader to tweet about the program. The phone call took place one day after Trump shocked members of his own party by agreeing to a three-month debt-limit extension proposed by Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). That decision blindsided Speaker of the House Paul Ryan(R-WI), who hour earlier accused Democrats of “playing politics” by tying the debt ceiling to relief funding for Hurricane Harvey, which struck Texas last week.
Haberman clarified Trump called Pelosi, and the Democratic leader requested the president send a clear message that Dreamers are not in immediate danger of deportation.
Trump didn't get the language quite what she wanted, but a Dem aide confirms Pelosi called potus and asked him to tweet making clear that 1/— Maggie Haberman (@Maggie Haberman)1504793524.0
2/ DREAMers won't be automatically subject to deportation during the six-month DACA wind down— Maggie Haberman (@Maggie Haberman)1504793581.0
Pelosi fine w language, using "status" in deportation connotation stead of status of DACA coverage https://t.co/UoT2d5T4kV— Maggie Haberman (@Maggie Haberman)1504795512.0
Pelosi will hold a press conference Thursday morning. Meanwhile, Trump is hosting dinner for Ryan Thursday night.