It appears from various national news reports this morning that President Trump has backed away from his disastrous plan to deport hundreds of thousands of young people who have benefited from President Obama’s DACA program. This is from Associated Press and the Greensboro News & Record:
“The top House and Senate Democrats said Wednesday they had reached agreement with President Donald Trump to protect thousands of younger immigrants from deportation and fund some border security enhancements — not including Trump’s long-sought border wall.
The deal announced by Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi following a White House dinner would enshrine protections for the nearly 800,000 immigrants brought illegally to this country as kids who had benefited from former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. The program provided temporary work permits and protection from deportation.
Trump ended the program earlier this month and had given Congress six months to come up with a legislative fix before the statuses of the so-called ‘Dreamers’ begin to expire.
‘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,’ Pelosi and Schumer said in a joint statement.
Of course, with Trump’s record for dishonesty, double-crosses and flip-flops, it’s anyone’s guess if this deal will really come to fruition. This is from a story in the New York Times:
“In its own statement, the White House was far more muted, mentioning DACA as merely one of several issues that were discussed, including tax reform and infrastructure. It called the meeting, which came a week after the president struck a stunning spending-and-debt deal with the Democratic leaders, ‘a positive step toward the president’s strong commitment to bipartisan solutions.’
…In a tweet, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, disputed the Democrats’ characterization of Mr. Trump’s stance on the border wall. ‘While DACA and border security were both discussed, excluding the wall was certainly not agreed to,’ she wrote.
Mr. Schumer’s communications director, Matt House, fired back on Twitter: ‘The President made clear he would continue pushing the wall, just not as part of this agreement.’
While Democratic leaders sought to frame the Wednesday dinner as a victory for their priorities, Republican votes will be needed for any immigration overhaul. Hard-liners in Congress were flummoxed by word of a potential deal on DACA, one that could push some of Mr. Trump’s electoral base away from him.
Representative Steve King, Republican of Iowa, wrote on Twitter that if the reports were true, ‘Trump base is blown up, destroyed, irreparable, and disillusioned beyond repair. No promise is credible.’ The website Breitbart, run by Mr. Trump’s former chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, had the headline ‘Amnesty Don.’”
NC Policy Watch will post more details as they become available.