Agreement Reached With Trump On US Migrant Programme, Democrats Say

WASHINGTON (Alliance News) - Top Democrats in the US Congress reached an agreement with ...

Alliance News 14 September, 2017 | 6:52AM
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WASHINGTON (Alliance News) - Top Democrats in the US Congress reached an agreement with President Donald Trump to protect a programme that shields from deportation young migrants brought to the US illegally as children, they announced late Wednesday.

Discussion at a "very productive" White House meeting with Trump focused on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme, 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," the statement from the Democratic leaders said, apparently referring to Trump's call for a wall along the Mexican border.

Trump's constructive working dinner with Pelosi and Schumer included discussions on tax reform, infrastructure and trade, in addition to the topics of border security and DACA, a White House official said.

The White House official did not mention any specific agreements.

But White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders claimed Wednesday that during Trump's talks with key Democratic leaders, they did not agree to exclude the proposed border wall.

"While DACA and border security were both discussed, excluding the wall was certainly not agreed to," Sanders said on Twitter.

Earlier this month, Trump announced a decision to end the DACA programme, which was introduced by his predecessor Barack Obama in 2012.

Trump had argued that the programme was outside presidential powers, and he called on Congress to take up the matter during the next six months.

The decision to phase out DACA puts at risk the status of hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who have lived in the US for most of their lives.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said DACA will be wound down as participants' authorizations expire.

Immigrant groups denounced the decision and warned it could result in the deportation of participants - often known as Dreamers - who they say are American in all but name.

Last week, in a twist for hyper-partisan Washington, Trump praised Pelosi and Schumer for a deal to avoid a damaging government default and to provide funding for Hurricane Harvey aid, while failing to mention the Republicans who also attended the talks for that deal.

Trump has recently indicated his exasperation with lawmakers from his own party as the Republicans have not been able to repeal the Obamacare health insurance, a key campaign promise, despite their majority in both houses of Congress.

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