President Trump denied he struck a deal with Democrats on immigration reform, just hours after congressional leaders declared victory in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) fight.
“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,” Trump tweeted Thursday.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said late Wednesday that they struck a deal for a legislative fix to DACA, which shielded close to 800,000 young undocumented immigrants to deportation.
Increased border security and other measures would be part of the package, they said, but funding Trump’s massive border wall was left out of the agreement.
Trump, who scarfed down Chinese food with the Democratic leaders at the White House on Wednesday, doubled down on his wall talk after their announcement.
“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,” Trump continued in a second tweet.
While some portions of the more than 2,000-mile border with Mexico do have barricades or fences, Congress hasn’t approved money to build Trump’s massive wall — expected to cost tens of billions of dollars.
Trump, however, signaled his support for DACA, an Obama-era program for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. at a young age.
“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. Plus BIG border security,” Trump said in a pair of tweets.
Trump decided to wind down the program after mounting legal pressure from 10 states that threatened to challenge DACA in court.
He’s given Congress six months to find a legislative fix for DACA, which was created through a series of executive orders.
The President has sent mixed messages on what will happen over that time. He indicated he might re-explore the program himself if Congress can’t find a solution, and tweeted that DACA recipients “have nothing to worry about” during the next six months.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders previously denied the border wall was left out.
“While DACA and border security were both discussed, excluding the wall was certainly not agreed to,” she said.
Matt House, Schumer’s communications director, responded Wednesday night that the wall was left out only of this deal.
“The President made clear he would continue pushing the wall, just not as part of this agreement,” House tweeted.