The top House and Senate Democrats said last night they have cut a deal with President Trump to shield the so-called “Dreamers” from deportation and fund some border security measures — but not Trump’s controversial border wall.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi announced the agreement after a White House dinner. It would continue protections for the nearly 800,000 immigrants brought illegally to this country as kids initially granted by former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. The program provided temporary work permits and protection from deportation.
Trump ended the program earlier this month and had given Congress six months to come up with a legislative fix before the statuses of the so-called “Dreamers” begin to expire.
“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,” Pelosi and Schumer said in a joint statement.
It’s the second time in two weeks that Trump cut out Republicans to reach a deal with Pelosi and Schumer. A person briefed on the meeting said the deal specifies bipartisan legislation called the DREAM Act that provides eventual citizenship for the young immigrants.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment
Meanwhile Trump plans to fly to Florida today to tour areas ravaged by Hurricane Irma as he used the recent storms to call on Congress to pass tax reform.
“I will be traveling to Florida tomorrow to meet with our great Coast Guard, FEMA and many of the brave first responders & others,” the president tweeted yesterday.
Trump will visit Naples and Fort Myers, joined by first lady Melania Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.
Trump made two trips to Texas after Hurricane Harvey, although much of the media coverage of the first visit was focused on Melania Trump’s fashion choices and the fact that the president didn’t tour storm-damaged areas.
Trump also used Irma and Harvey to push Congress to enact tax reform yesterday.
“With Irma and Harvey devastation, Tax Cuts and Tax Reform is needed more than ever before,” Trump tweeted. “Go Congress, go!”
Trump met with moderate lawmakers from both parties yesterday and insisted he still wants to lower the corporate tax rate to 15 percent.
He added that he wants a rate that is “much lower than that for individuals.”