Trump on DACA Deal: Not 'Amnesty,' But 'Allowing People to Stay Here'
WASHINGTON -- The morning after a dinner which Dem leaders said yielded a preliminary agreement to protect 800,000 DREAMers without bringing the border wall into the deal, President Trump denied he was granting amnesty to undocumented immigrants.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a joint statement after the Wednesday meeting on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that they and Trump "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 sides."
Trump tweeted this morning: "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. 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."
"Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military? Really!" he added. "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."
Schumer and Pelosi said in a follow-up statement this morning that Trump's tweets "are not inconsistent with the agreement reached last night."
"As we said last night, there was no final deal, but there was agreement on the following: We agreed that the president would support enshrining DACA protections into law, and encourage the House and Senate to act. What remains to be negotiated are the details of border security, with a mutual goal of finalizing all details as soon as possible," they said. "While both sides agreed that the wall would not be any part of this agreement, the president made clear he intends to pursue it at a later time, and we made clear we would continue to oppose it."
“Both sides agreed that the White House and the Democratic leaders would work out a border security package. Possible proposals were discussed including new technology, drones, air support, sensor equipment, rebuilding roads along the border and the bipartisan McCaul-Thompson bill.”
Outside the White House this morning, Trump said that "we're working on a plan -- subject to getting massive border controls."
"We're working on a plan for DACA. People want to see that happen. You have 800,000 young people, brought here, no fault of their own. So we're working on a plan, we'll see how it works out. We're going to get massive border security as part of that. And I think something can happen, we'll see what happens, but something will happen," he said.