Daca pact gives new hope

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TOP US con­gres­sional Democrats emerged from a meet­ing with Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Wed­nes­day claim­ing progress on a deal that pro­tects young im­mi­grants and boosts bor­der se­cu­rity, while not in­clud­ing a bor­der wall.

Se­nate Mi­nor­ity Leader Chuck Schumer and top House Demo­crat Nancy Pelosi said they had a “very pro­duc­tive” din­ner meet­ing with Trump in which the dis­cus­sion fo­cused on the fate of young im­mi­grants who ar­rived in the coun­try il­le­gally as chil­dren.

Trump’s pre­de­ces­sor Barack Obama pro­tected such im­mi­grants, known as “dreamers”, through his De­ferred Ac­tion for Child­hood Ar­rivals (Daca) or­der.

But Trump re­scinded that ex­ec­u­tive or­der, and urged Congress to craft a le­gal so­lu­tion within the next six months.

“We agreed to en­shrine the pro­tec­tions of Daca into law quickly, and to work out a pack­age of bor­der se­cu­rity, ex­clud­ing the wall,” Schumer and Pelosi said in a joint state­ment.

The White House, which had ear­lier put out a muted state­ment about the “con­struc­tive work­ing din­ner” ad­dress­ing tax re­form, bor­der se­cu­rity, Daca and the need for bi­par­ti­san so­lu­tions, quickly pushed back against the Democrats’ char­ac­ter­i­sa­tion.

“While Daca and bor­der se­cu­rity were both dis­cussed, ex­clud­ing the wall was cer­tainly not agreed to,” White House Press Sec­re­tary Sarah San­ders said on Twit­ter.

A Schumer aide also weighed in to clar­ify.

“The pres­i­dent made clear he would con­tinue push­ing the wall, just not as part of this agree­ment,” Matt House tweeted.

Trump has main­tained his de­sire to build a wall, even threat­en­ing a gov­ern­ment shut­down last month if he did not get his way. — AFP

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