President Donald Trump is moving closer to a deal with Democrats that would protect hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants from deportation.
But the parameters of any deal, including a potential pathway to citizenship for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) participants and funding for his marquee campaign promise of a wall along the US-Mexico border are up in the air as the White House and Congress grapple with the impact of a Wednesday dinner between Trump and Democratic leaders.
The bombshell developments, which were first announced by Democratic leaders Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi and reiterated by Trump himself Thursday morning, were met with immediate outrage from conservatives and put pressure on the President’s Republican allies in Congress.
A deal would be the second major Trump-Pelosi-Schumer pact this month, following the agreement on the debt ceiling and government spending.
Trump said House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are “very much on board” with plans to make the DACA program — which protected nearly 800,000 individuals who were brought to the United States illegally as children from deportation — permanent.
The Trump administration announced last week it would give Congress six months to pass legislation preserving those provisions before the program was terminated.
The President also has indicated that funding for the wall — a signature campaign promise — would be part of an agreement, but it is unclear when that would happen or if it would be a…
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