Pelosi: Trump agrees DACA protections should be made law

Posted at 7:12 PM, Sep 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-14 02:22:40-04

(KGTV) - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer Wednesday announced they had come to an agreement with President Donald Trump over protections for young immigrants.

In a joint statement posted online, Pelosi and Schumer said they had met with President Trump over dinner in which they discussed the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

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Among the highlights, the leaders said they agreed with President Trump that DACA's protections needed to be made law "quickly" and they would include a border security package - that excludes the wall - that's "acceptable to both sides."

"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."

The joint statement also said the leaders urged President Trump to make permanent the cost-sharing reduction payments.

If reached, a DACA agreement could protect the nearly 800,000 immigrants under the Obama-era program. 

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The deal between President Trump and Democratic leaders is the second such reported agreement bypassing Republican input. Last week, the president struck a deal with Democrats to attach hurricane relief money to a higher debt ceiling and keep the government open.