WASHINGTON — The Latest on President Donald Trump and immigration (all times local):
President Donald Trump says that, “ultimately,” funding for a border wall with Mexico must be part of any immigration deal. But he says that funding can come at a later date.
Trump tells reporters in Florida that: “We have to have an understanding that, whether it’s in the budget or some other vehicle, in a fairly short period of time, the wall will be funded.”
He says, “Otherwise we’re not doing anything.”
Trump and Democratic leaders talked Wednesday night over dinner about what to do with the hundreds of thousands of young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children.
Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer announced they’d reached an agreement with Trump that does not include wall funding. But the White House says that’s premature.
President Donald Trump says he’s “not looking at citizenship” for young immigrants living in the in U.S. illegally and “not looking at amnesty.”
But Trump tells reporters in Florida that: “We’re looking at allowing people to stay here.”
Trump was referring to the hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who’ve been protected from deportation and given permission to work in the country under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Trump says he’s been working with both Democrats and Republicans to come up with a solution before a six-month deadline he imposed.
Trump is denying he reached a deal with Democrats on the issue Wednesday night, but says that: “Everybody’s on board.”
A spokeswoman says President Donald Trump “does not support amnesty,” but may be open to a pathway to citizenship for some people living in the country illegally.
White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters tells reporters traveling with the president to Florida that “the Trump administration will not be discussing amnesty.”
But she says the president wants “a responsible path forward” on immigration reform that “could include legal citizenship over a period of time.” She later said that is just one possible example of what Congress might do.
Walters is also repeating the president’s assertion that “no deal” was made on protections for young immigrants during a dinner Wednesday night between the president and Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.
She says they had “a constructive conversation,” but “there was no deal made.”
President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders…