Released Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017|7:23 p.m.
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WASHINGTON– Democratic leaders Wednesday night declared that they had a deal with President Donald Trump to rapidly extend protections for young undocumented immigrants and to finalize a border security bundle that does not include the president’s proposed wall.
The Democrats, Sen. Chuck Schumer of New york city and Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, said in a joint statement that they had had a “really efficient” dinner conference with the president at the White Home that focused on the program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. “We agreed to enshrine the protections of DACA into law quickly, and to exercise a package of border security, excluding the wall, that’s acceptable to both sides,” they stated.
In its own declaration, the White House was much more muted, discussing DACA as merely one of a number of issues that were talked about, including tax reform and infrastructure. It called the conference, which came a week after the president struck a spectacular spending-and-debt handle the Democratic leaders, “a positive action toward the president’s strong commitment to bipartisan options.”
But the bipartisan comity appeared to have its limits. In a tweet, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, disputed the Democrats’ characterization of Trump’s stance on the border wall. “While DACA and border security were both talked about, leaving out the wall was definitely not accepted,” she composed.
Schumer’s communications director, Matt Home, fired back on Twitter: “The President made clear he would continue pressing the wall, simply not as part of this contract.”
While Democratic leaders sought to frame the dinner as a triumph for their priorities, Republican votes will be required for any immigration overhaul. Hard-liners in Congress were flummoxed by word of a prospective offer on DACA, one that might push a few of Trump’s electoral base away from him.
Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, composed on Twitter that if the reports were true, “Trump base is blown up, damaged, irreparable, and disillusioned beyond repair. No pledge is trustworthy.” The site Breitbart, run by Trump’s former chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, had the heading “Amnesty Don.”
Some Republicans were more responsive. Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, a regular critic of the president, said on Twitter: “Congratulations to @POTUS for pursuing contract that will protect #Dreamers from deportation.” The young immigrants are often described as Dreamers.
The dinner was a follow-up to a meeting that Schumer and Pelosi had with the president in the Oval Office last week, during which Trump consented to the Democrats’ proposition for a vote on a debt-ceiling increase and a federal government financing step that likewise consisted of a Cyclone Harvey help package.
While the two leading Republican congressional leaders, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Speaker Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, participated in that meeting, they were missing from the Wednesday night dinner.
An overall of 11 people were seated at the table in heaven Room of the White House on Wednesday night, with the first 30 minutes of the conference concentrated on China trade problems, inning accordance with someone informed on the dinner. The meal served was Chinese food, an intentional nod to China trade, on which Trump and Schumer hold their closest views.
On the DACA program, Trump has actually provided Congress six months to discover a legal option to extend the securities that President Barack Obama given by executive order. But prior to the supper Wednesday night, prospects for quickly enacting a replacement for DACA had actually seemed flagging in Congress.
“With all the other things going on today, it’s type of placed on the back burner,” said Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., who had actually pulled back a petition he had intended to utilize to force the House to take up legislation on the program. Rep. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has stated that the program is at the end of a list of immigration priorities.
Numerous leading Republican leaders in Congress, including Ryan, have actually said that they wish to take on the problem of the young immigrants in conjunction with a broader immigration reform and border security effort.
But Republican politicians have actually been primarily furious with Trump given that the Oval Office conference last week, where he agreed the Democratic management over his own party and his own Treasury secretary in favor of a December debt-ceiling vote. Ryan, who preferred a longer-term deal, had called such a three-month strategy ludicrous.
Some Republicans have actually been worried that the president, who has been pursuing more of a bipartisan patina as he struggles to secure major legislative achievements and his survey numbers sink over his handling of the racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, will go along with Democratic top priorities.
A White House aide firmly insisted that Trump had constantly exposed the possibility of passing a DACA fix without moneying for a border wall and insisted that he had not moved far from the wall as a priority. Throughout the Wednesday supper, it was John F. Kelly, Trump’s chief of personnel, who made the more detailed case for the wall, according to a person informed on the discussion.
The wall was a crucial project promise by Trump, however Democrats are vehemently versus it.
Trump recently began to unwind DACA, which has provided defense from deportation for roughly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants. However he has actually been torn about it.
The president has actually sent out conflicting signals about his intents regarding the program, stating he would end it but advising Congress to come up with a legal solution during the six-month wind-down duration. But he has also informed individuals he would revisit the issue after 6 months if Congress did not act.
That would be an uphill struggle, considering that his own attorney general, Jeff Sessions, has actually declared DACA unconstitutional and an overreach of authority. It is not clear exactly what system Trump thinks he might have to put the program back in location through the executive branch.
At the White House previously Wednesday, Trump’s anti-immigration nationwide policy advisor, Stephen Miller, told people that the administration would never permit a version of the replacement legislation, known as the DREAM Act, to pass.
Trump’s zigzagging statements on the program, and his drift back towards protecting it, followed days of deeply negative news media coverage over his decision to end the program. Trump, who pays very close attention to the headlines, informed advisers he was bothered by the seemingly endless bad press over DACA.
Throughout the campaign, Trump assured to end DACA. But in April, he suggested that individuals covered under the program had absolutely nothing to fear from his administration. However, several states, led by Texas, threatened a lawsuit, which Sessions used to nudge the president toward a choice.
While Schumer and Pelosi were commemorating their obvious agreement with Trump on the “Dreamers” and surround security, the president himself had absolutely nothing to state about the dinner on his favorite communication platform.
Rather, Trump restored his attacks on Hillary Clinton, who was back in the news today promoting her project narrative, “Exactly what Took place.”
“Uneven Hillary Clinton blames everyone (and every thing) but herself for her election loss,” he tweeted around 11 p.m. as cable news channels and news websites roared the news of his supper with the Democratic leaders. “She lost the disputes and lost her instructions!”
Minutes later on, he subsequented with another Clinton broadside: “The ‘deplorables’ came back to haunt Hillary. They expressed their feelings loud and clear. She spent huge cash however, in the end, had no video game!”