Trump Says No Deal Was Made on Dreamers and Border Security

Democrats said the president made a deal Wednesday.

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President Donald Trump said on Twitter Thursday morning that “no deal” had been brokered with Democrats to protect so-called Dreamers—undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children—from deportation. The tweets come hours after Senate and House minority leaders Chuck Schumer (D-N,Y.) and Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced that they and Trump had agreed to hammer out a deal that would protect Dreamers while beefing up border security. The deal, the Democrats said, would not include funding for Trump’s proposed border wall.

The back-and-forth follows Trump’s decision earlier this month to end President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, under which Dreamers were permitted to remain in the country and work. Trump has suggested that Congress should instead pass a law to protect Dreamers.

Moments after disputing Democratic claims that a deal had been reached, Trump tweeted what appeared to be an argument for allowing Dreamers to remain in the country.

The announcement from Democrats on Wednesday sparked immediate outrage from the president’s base. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders released a statement confirming that the three had discussed DACA and border security, but she said that “excluding the wall was certainly not agreed to.”


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