Democratic leaders said Wednesday night they struck a deal with President Donald Trump to protect DACA recipients via legislation that would not include a border wall, although the White House insisted that the agreement did not exclude the wall.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi had a working dinner with Trump at the White House Wednesday night and said in a statement they came to an agreement with Trump on how to protect the roughly 800,000 people who are in the U.S. under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which will be phased out in March.
"We had a very productive meeting at the White House with the President," the statement reads. "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."
After the statement was released and the border wall news made its way through social media and onto news websites, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted this:
The Department of Homeland Security announced last month that four companies will build concrete prototypes of the wall.
Schumer said Tuesday that he's told Trump "there is not going to be a wall, in the appropriations process or others."
The Department of Justice announced last week DACA is being rescinded in six months. It was originally an executive order signed by former President Barack Obama in 2013 and allows people who illegally came to the U.S. as children with their parents to stay under certain conditions.
The six-month delay was put in place to allow lawmakers on Capitol Hill to write and pass permanent legislation.
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