President Trump this morning denied that any deal had been made with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to replace the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the 2012 immigration policy would be rescinded in six-months’ time.
The president’s denial comes in the wake of a Pelosi-Schumer joint statement last night which suggested that they and Mr. Trump had agreed on a fix so that the country’s 800,000 or so DREAMers could continue to reside on U.S. soil when the DACA program is officially discontinued next March.
“We had a very productive meeting at the White House with the president. The discussion focused on DACA. 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 sides,” the Democratic joint statement read.
However, President Trump stressed on Thursday morning that their statement did not quite reflect their discussion.
“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 president wrote on Twitter.
Mr. Trump also contested their assertion that he had agreed to a deal on DACA which excluded funding for his border wall.
“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,” the president insisted.
Still, Mr. Trump reiterated that his decision to kill the DACA program did not signify that he wanted to see all DREAMers subject to forced deportation. Instead, the president last week gave Congress six months to come up with a proposal to replace a program that was, to quote Obama, only meant to be a “temporary stop-gap measure.”
“Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military? Really! They have been in our country for many years through no fault of their own – brought in by parents at young age,” he pointed out.
White House legislative affairs director Marc Short last night described the Democratic joint statement as “misleading” while White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders insisted that “excluding the wall was certainly not agreed to.”