WASHINGTON — The Latest on President Donald Trump and immigration (all times local):
The fate of 800,000 young immigrants is hanging in the balance as top lawmakers, White House officials and President Donald Trump himself squabble over whether an agreement has been struck to protect them — and if so, what it is.
GOP House members insist there is no agreement to enshrine protections for the immigrants brought to America as children and now here illegally.
Trump himself says he is “fairly close” to an agreement that could protect the young “Dreamers.”
Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer insist there was discussion and even agreement on legislation that would offer eventual citizenship to the immigrants in question.
Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer has been caught on a hot microphone recounting the advice he’s giving to President Donald Trump.
Schumer told a colleague that he told Trump that “you’re much better off if you can sometimes step right and sometimes step left.”
The remarks took place on the Senate floor and were captured by C-SPAN. Schumer said Trump “likes me” but it was unclear from the video to whom Schumer was talking.
Sounding pleased, Schumer predicted, “Oh, it’s going to work out, and he’ll make us more productive, too.”
Schumer is trying to work out a deal with Trump to give legal protections to immigrants known as “dreamers” who were illegally brought to the country as children.
House Speaker Paul Ryan says there is no agreement on a fix for so-called “Dreamers.”
The Wisconsin Republican tells reporters that after speaking with President Donald Trump, he’s confident the president did not strike a deal with Democratic leaders to resolve the status of immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as kids.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced the outlines of a deal after dining Wednesday night with Trump. They said the deal would enshrine protections for younger immigrants and contain border security measures, but not Trump’s long-sought wall.
Ryan says, “The president wasn’t negotiating a deal last night; the president was talking with Democratic leaders to get their perspective.”
The top Senate Republican says the program to protect young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally should be part of any discussion about immigration, border security and enforcement.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also says Congress is looking…