Trump, Schumer, Pelosi Confirm DACA, Border Security Agreement
Days after a surprise deal struck between President Donald Trump and Congressional Democrats – the deal ensured the government’s borrowing limit would be extended, thereby avoiding a government shutdown, while also providing more than $15 billion in funding for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts – President Trump and Congressional Democratic leaders Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) and Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) confirmed they had struck another deal that would protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation and simultaneously ensure a “massive” intensification of border security efforts. Notably, descriptions of the deal have thus far claimed it will not include a border wall.
The announcement was particularly surprising, given that it was the president’s own decision to end the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program on September 5th. The news raised the ire of some Republicans, including Representative Steve King (R-IA), who claimed that, if the news of the deal is accurate, the “Trump base is blown up, destroyed, irreparable and disillusioned beyond repair. No promise is credible."
Following the announcement of an agreement said to be reached over dinner, the deal appeared like it might fall apart, with President Trump initially confirming the deal in a tweet Wednesday night, before tweeting Thursday morning, “no deal was made last night on DACA.” But those present when the agreement was reached seemed unfazed by the tweet, noting that a deal had, indeed, not been specifically outlined, but that agreement on the basic structure of a bill the president could get behind was, in fact, established.
Following the public announcement of the agreement, some conservative voices indicated President Trump was betraying the hard-line stance on immigration that was a key component of his electoral success, but the president attempted to quell those concerns by insisting the border wall will come “a little bit later” and insisting, "We’re not looking at citizenship. We’re not looking at amnesty. We’re looking at allowing people to stay here."
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