Trump says GOP lead­ers ‘on board’ in im­mi­gra­tion talks

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - OPINION -

WASH­ING­TON » Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Thurs­day said he was “fairly close” to a deal with con­gres­sional lead­ers to pre­serve pro­tec­tions for hun­dreds of thou­sands of young im­mi­grants liv­ing il­le­gally in Amer­ica and de­clared that Repub­li­can lead­ers were “very much on board.”

But Trump pushed back against Demo­cratic lead­ers who claimed there was a deal on the De­ferred Ac­tion for Child­hood Ar­rivals (DACA) ini­tia­tive. He also said his promised wall along the U.S.-Mex­ico bor­der would “come later” but would need to hap­pen soon.

“We’re work­ing on a plan sub­ject to get­ting mas­sive bor­der con­trols. We’re work­ing on a plan for DACA. Peo­ple want to see that hap­pen,” Trump said. He added: “‘I think we’re fairly close but we have to get mas­sive bor­der se­cu­rity.”

He de­clared re­peat­edly, “If we don’t have a wall, we’re do­ing noth­ing.”

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