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Mixed messages sent on DACA after Trump meets with top Democrats

Posted By on Thu, Sep 14, 2017 at 8:40 AM

click to enlarge DEAL OR NO DEAL: Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York in 2016. - GLENN FAWCETT VIA WIKIMEDIA
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  • DEAL OR NO DEAL: Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York in 2016.

Wednesday night, the Democratic Party's top two leaders announced they had reached an agreement with President Trump over the outlines of a legislative replacement for DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that the Trump administration will phase out in six months.

(A quick aside before going any further: A legislative replacement for DACA would be a big improvement over DACA itself in terms of helping young immigrants. DACA, an executive action by President Obama, protected "Dreamers" from deportation and gave them the ability to work legally, for a renewable two-year term. Legislation, however, would give them a possible path to citizenship and permanent assurances of all the benefits that legal status confers.)

After dinner at the White House, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement, “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."

But Thursday morning, Trump took to Twitter to insist no deal was reached:

Pelosi and Schumer responded with a statement of their own on Thursday morning that avoided contradicting the White House and said the president's tweets "are not inconsistent with the agreement reached last night." They acknowledged the meeting Wednesday included "no final deal," but added:
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.

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.

Possible proposals were discussed including new technology, drones, air support, sensor equipment, rebuilding roads along the border and the bipartisan McCaul-Thompson bill.
Meanwhile, Trump continued to express sympathy for DACA recipients on Twitter:

Breitbart, the right wing news outlet headed by Steve Bannon and which helped propel Trump to the Republican nomination on an anti-immigrant message, called the president "Amnesty Don" in a headline and characterized his meeting with Democrats as "a full-fledged cave on the issue of giving amnesty to nearly 800,000 illegal aliens." Other anti-immigration conservatives aren't happy either:

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