DACA supporters rally in Baltimore

Katrina Barker
September 17, 2017

The DACA program, created by President Obama in 2012, allows undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children to remain in the country and obtain a work permit, provided that they finish high school and maintain a clean criminal record.

As for money for his border wall, the President stated, "the wall will come later", which was basically what leading Democrats had said they had agreed to at a dinner on Wednesday night at the White House.

In the first such tweet from his @realDonaldTrump account, the president wrote, "No deal was made last night on DACA".

"This afternoon the Speaker and Majority Leader met with a number of House Democrats at their request to discuss DACA, and they reiterated that any solution needs to address border security and enforcement, which are the root causes of the problem", Ryan's spokeswoman, AshLee Strong, said, The Hill reported.

Trump later that morning told reporters that he is "fairly close" to brokering a deal that would protect DACA beneficiaries as well as beef up border security.

"And if the Republicans don't stick together then I'm going to have to do more and more", Mr. Trump said, holding out the possibility of more deal-making with Democrats.

Barletta said addressing the DACA program's fate will give legislators an opportunity both to address the overdue issue of illegal immigration and also show compassion toward those who were brought to the country through no fault of their own.

But Trump said Thursday that citizenship was off the table: "We're not looking at citizenship".

The House's foremost immigration hard-liner, GOP Rep. Steve King of Iowa, addressed Trump over Twitter, writing that if the reports were true, "Trump base is blown up, destroyed, irreparable, and disillusioned beyond fix".

Last week, President Trump announced the repeal of the DACA program over a period of six months. The push comes as DACA is set to officially end in six months and Congress is tasked with finding a solution in the meantime that'd protect almost 800,000 Dreamers. That flexibility has the chance of rubbing some of Trump's most conservative supporters the wrong way if they feel Trump is willing to compromise in order to mint a deal.

"We're not for the wall", Schumer said.

Throughout his 2016 campaign for president and since taking office in January, Trump has demanded the construction of a wall to keep out illegal immigrants and drugs. "People want to see that happen", Trump said.

Trump and other republican leaders say there is no deal on immigration yet and the dinner was just to get democratic leaders' perspective.

Exactly how to do that is the question that congressional leaders were asked on Thursday after Trump's meeting with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). Republicans broadly favor more stringent border security.

Democratic aides said that although there was no final deal, an agreement had been reached.

LCC says they have seen some affects from the attention DACA has recently received.

"We know that many, many of them have not stepped forward. Why?"

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