Published: Sat, September 16, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump, Democrats Agree to Work on DACA Deal

Trump, Democrats Agree to Work on DACA Deal

As a candidate, Trump vowed to repeal the executive action signed by President Barack Obama allowing the young people to stay.

Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) agreed to quickly push through legislation to protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation during a September 13 meeting, according to The Wall Street Journal (WSJ). Another said Trump got "rolled" by the Democrats.

Towards the end of the meeting, Elena Hatib, president of the NYU College Republicans, attempted to quell the concerns of the pro-Trump faction, insisting that Trump's seeming betrayal of his promises was a product of the compromises necessary to govern in D.C. Most in the crowd, however, seemed unconvinced that Trump had been conducting savvy maneuvering in the aim of fulfilling his stated immigration policy goals.

On Thursday morning, the president - a former Democrat himself - and the minority leaders appeared largely aligned. But the wall continues to be, well, a wall between the members of Congress.

The dinner "was a discussion, not a deal", Ryan said. Months into the job, Mexico is continuing to declare it will not pay for the wall and appropriations from the US Congress have not come through, either. Many Trump supporters explained during the question and answer portion of Thursday evening that he seemed to have laid the groundwork to renege on his previous anti-DACA position.

Trump Talking DACA With Democrats Has Republicans on Edge, Again
Even prior to the DACA dealmaking, Trump signaled an independent streak not seen in a United States president in generations. After he landed in Florida, he declared repeatedly, " If we don't have a wall , we're doing nothing ".

(CNN) People are scratching their heads, hard-line conservatives are pulling out their hair and Republican leaders are watching from the sidelines as President Donald Trump negotiates directly with Democrats on some of the major issues facing the nation.

With his poll numbers sagging, Trump has spent recent weeks alternating between being deeply anxious about disappointing his base and deeply frustrated with Republican lawmakers' struggles to pass significant legislation.

Another participant thought the Republican Party got the short end of the stick from the recent negotiations involving Schumer, Pelosi and Trump.

Some of Trump's supporters praised the president for what they see as pragmatism. "Hats off to him".

Congress has, for 16 years, consistently failed to pass legislation, known as the DREAM Act, that would confer legal status upon those who qualify for DACA. If what emerges is a package that enacts border security enhancements the country actually needs while giving DACA protections the permanence of law, that is the kind of bipartisan problem-solving Americans should applaud. House Speaker Paul Ryan hasn't said if he'll bring the DREAM Act up for a vote, and there aren't many any other bills on the table to protect immigrants. "If we don't get the wall we're not doing anything".

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