Deal on young im­mi­grants not far off, says Trump

The Herald (South Africa) - - WORLD - Michael Mathes

PRES­I­DENT Donald Trump is fairly close to fi­nal­is­ing a deal with Democrats in Congress on al­low­ing young im­mi­grants to stay in the United States, he said yes­ter­day.

“Does any­body re­ally want to throw out good, ed­u­cated and ac­com­plished young peo­ple who have jobs, some serv­ing in the mil­i­tary? Re­ally!” Trump tweeted.

“They have been in our coun­try for many years through no fault of their own – brought in by par­ents at a young age,” he said.

Trump was re­peat­ing a key Demo­cratic ar­gu­ment in sup­port of al­low­ing young peo­ple who ar­rived il­le­gally in the US as chil­dren to stay.

Trump’s pre­de­ces­sor, Barack Obama, pro­tected the so-called “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.

Trump later said: “I think we are fairly close but we have to get mas­sive bor­der se­cu­rity.

“We are work­ing on a plan for DACA. Peo­ple want to see that hap­pen.

“You have 800 000 young peo­ple brought here, so we are work­ing on a plan and will see how it works out.” Demo­cratic Se­nate mi­nor­ity leader Chuck Schumer and top House Demo­crat Nancy Pelosi emerged from a “very pro­duc­tive” meet­ing with Trump late on Wed­nes­day in which the talk fo­cused on the Dream­ers.

“There was no fi­nal deal, but we agreed that the pres­i­dent would sup­port en­shrin­ing DACA pro­tec­tions into law, and en­cour­age the House [of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives] and Se­nate to act,” they said.


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