Schumer, Pelosi Announce Deal Exchanging DACA for Border Security, No Wall; White House Disagrees

Washington Free Beacon | 9/13/2017 | Charles Fain Lehman
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BY: Charles Fain Lehman

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) issued a statement Wednesday evening announcing a deal with President Donald Trump to make DACA law without building a border wall.

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However, the White House press secretary responded, insisting that no deal excluding a wall on the border with Mexico had been reached.

Schumer, the Senate minority leader, and Pelosi, the House minority leader, issued their statement following a working dinner with Trump, officially meant to address both DACA and healthcare legislation.

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"We had a very productive meeting at the White House with the President," the statement read. "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."

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders subsequently denied the claim that no wall would be built. A wall on the border with Mexico was a key campaign promise of Trump's.

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"while DACA and border security were both discussed, excluding the wall was certainly not agreed to," she wrote.

A White House press release otherwise called the meeting "constructive" and said that it focused on "tax reform, border security, DACA, infrastructure and trade."

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"The Administration looks forward to continuing these conversations with leadership on both sides of the aisle," the statement said.

DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, began as an executive order issued under President Barack Obama which instructed federal agencies not to seek the deportation of...
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