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Report: John Kelly Floated DACA Deal to Hispanic Dems

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By    |   Thursday, 18 January 2018 03:08 PM

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly on Wednesday assured Hispanic Democrats that President Donald Trump will not allow protections for DACA recipients to lapse and that he would initially forego restrictions on family-based immigration, the Washington Examiner reported.

Kelly was trying to drum up support for another short-term spending bill in exchange for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) now, and protections for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) later, the Examiner reported.

Kelly suggested Trump would table chain migration and the visa lottery if the Democrats could get behind the continuing resolution, the Examiner reports.

Though Democrats called the meeting "constructive," they rejected Kelly's olive branch out of their steadfast demand to have DACA codified now, not later.

"What was surprising, is (Kelly) said, 'Well, we should just take out those things that we can't agree on and pass those things that we can agree on,'" a House Democratic aide told the Examiner.

"'If the group of No. 2s say that's the best they can come up with, that is something the president may sign,'" the aide told the Examiner, quoting Kelly.

It was also during this meeting Kelly said Trump's positions about immigration had "evolved" since the campaign, a notion Kelly repeated later Wednesday in an interview on Fox News.

"The tone was something to the effect that what was said during the campaign is not necessarily what's going to be done in government," Rep. Adriano Espaillat told the Examiner.

However, Trump quashed that during early morning tweets Thursday.

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White House chief of staff John Kelly on Wednesday assured Hispanic Democrats that President Donald Trump will not allow protections for DACA recipients to lapse and that he would initially forego restrictions on family-based immigration, the Washington Examiner...
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