This article titled “Senior Democrats say agreement reached with Trump to protect young immigrants” was written by David Smith and Sabrina Siddiqui in Washington, for theguardian.com on Thursday 14th September 2017 02.39 UTC
Senior Democrats stunned Washington on Wednesday by announcing that they had agreed with Donald Trump to a plan to protect immigrants brought illegally to the US as children.
Senator minority leader Chuck Schumer and House counterpart Nancy Pelosi, who dined with the president at the White House, said they had reached an agreement to quickly enshrine into law protections for the nearly 800,000 immigrants who benefited from Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme.
A person briefed on the meeting said Trump agreed with the Democrats to pair the bipartisan DREAM Act, which provides a path to permanent residency for undocumented immigrants brought to the US illegally as children, with some form of border security – excluding Trump’s promised border wall.
But immediately after the announcement from Pelosi and Schumer, the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, tweeted that there had “certainly not” been an agreement excluding the wall.
It was not immediately clear what specific border measures would be included.
Schumer and Pelosi said in a joint statement: “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.
“We also urged the President to make permanent the cost-sharing reduction payments, and those discussions will continue.”
It was Trump who extended the invitation to Schumer and Pelosi, according to a source familiar with the meeting, to follow up on their discussion last week of the numerous fiscal deadlines facing Congress.
It was the second time in two weeks that Trump has bypassed Republican leaders to deal with Schumer and Pelosi.
guardian.co.uk © Guardian News & Media Limited 2010