Trump cops crit­i­cism for softer stand on mi­grants

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UNITED STATES: Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump sparked out­rage among some of his staunch­est sup­port­ers yes­ter­day af­ter ap­pear­ing to strike a deal with the Democrats not to de­port peo­ple who came to the US il­le­gally as chil­dren, while at the same time fail­ing to make fund­ing for a border wall a con­di­tion of the agree­ment.

Trump was ac­cused by con­ser­va­tive Repub­li­cans of agree­ing to an ‘‘amnesty’’ for hundreds of thou­sands of il­le­gal im­mi­grants known as ‘‘Dream­ers’’, and aban­don­ing his com­mit­ment to con­struct a ‘‘beau­ti­ful wall’’ along the fron­tier with Mex­ico.

Amid allegations of U-turns on two of his ma­jor cam­paign pledges, there were sugges­tions from im­mi­gra­tion hard­lin­ers that Trump’s po­lit­i­cal base could ‘‘leave him’’, while one high-pro­file sup­porter called for him to be im­peached.

The back­lash came af­ter Trump in­vited Chuck Schumer, the Demo­crat Se­nate leader, and Nancy Pelosi, the Demo­crat leader in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, to din­ner at the White House on Thurs­day.

Most of the con­ver­sa­tion was about his pre­de­ces­sor Barack Obama’s De­ferred Ac­tion for Child­hood Ar­rivals (DACA) or­der, which gives le­gal pro­tec­tion to the Dream­ers.

Dur­ing last year’s pres­i­den­tial cam­paign Trump said the Dream­ers, who were brought across the border as in­fants by their par­ents, would ‘‘have to go’’.

But in a state­ment af­ter din­ner, the Demo­crat lead­ers said: ‘‘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.’’

In­stead of the wall a border se­cu­rity pack­age could in­clude us­ing tech­nol­ogy such as drones, sen­sors and air sup­port, they said. The state­ment, par­tic­u­larly the phrase ‘‘ex­clud­ing the border wall’’, set off alarm bells among con­ser­va­tives.

Steve King, a Repub­li­can con­gress­man, said: ‘‘The Trump base is blown up, de­stroyed, ir­repara­ble, and dis­il­lu­sioned be­yond re­pair. No prom­ise is cred­i­ble.’’

Ann Coul­ter, the prom­i­nent con­ser­va­tive au­thor of the book In Trump We Trust, wrote: ‘‘At this point, who DOESN’T want Trump im­peached? If we’re not get­ting a wall, I’d pre­fer Pres­i­dent Pence.’’

Bre­it­bart News, the hard-Right web­site pop­u­lar with many of Trump’s sup­port­ers, ran the head­line ‘‘Amnesty Don’’.

On Twit­ter, Trump de­nied do­ing a deal with the Democrats. He wrote: ‘‘No deal was made last night on DACA.’’

But as he vis­ited Florida yes­ter­day to sur­vey the dam­age of Hur­ri­cane Irma he said: ‘‘We’re work­ing on a plan for the Dream­ers. Peo­ple want to see that hap­pen.

‘‘The wall will come later. The wall is go­ing to be built, it will be funded a lit­tle bit later ... Ul­ti­mately, we have to have the wall. The wall to me is vi­tal.’’

– Tele­graph Group

PHO­TOS: REUTERS

Ur­ban ex­plorer Sergii Ro­di­onov takes a pho­to­graph from a rooftop in Moscow.

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