Top House and Senate Democrats said Wednesday night that they’ve reached an agreement with President Trump over how to protect young immigrants from deportation.
“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,” Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a joint statement.
However, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders Huckabee was quick to point out via Twitter: “While DACA and border security were both discussed, excluding the wall was certainly not agreed to.”
According to the Associated Press, the deal announced after a White House dinner would ensure protection of almost 800,000 immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children who had benefited from former President Barack Obama’s DACA program.
The meeting marks the second time in two weeks that Trump has bypassed Republicans to reach a deal with Pelosi and Schumer.
The White House went on to describe the meeting as “a constructive working dinner” and “a positive step toward the President’s strong commitment to bipartisan solutions for the issues most important to all Americans.”