Trump says immigration deal with Democrats close, with border security

Trump says immigration deal with Democrats close, with border security

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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said on Thursday he was close to a deal with Democratic congressional leaders on protections for illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children, a development that alarmed some of his conservative supporters.
Trump, who met with the top Democrats in the Senate and House of Representatives, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, at the White House on Wednesday evening, said any final agreement must include significant measures to protect border security.
The Republican president added that funding for his planned wall along the U.S.-Mexican border – a centerpiece of his 2016 presidential campaign – would “come later” and would not be part of any final deal on the fate of the 800,000 so-called Dreamers. But, speaking to reporters, he said Democrats “cannot obstruct the wall.”
“We have to have an understanding that whether it’s in the budget or some other vehicle in a very short period of time, the wall will be funded. Otherwise, we’re not doing anything,” Trump said as he landed in Florida to survey hurricane damage.
Schumer and Pelosi reiterated their opposition to the wall, and Democrats in the past have promised to block funding for it.
“I think we’re fairly close but we have to get massive border security,” Trump told reporters earlier in the day of a potential deal.
Trump also said Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell were both “on board” with the potential deal on immigration issues and that “we’re doing it in conjunction with the Republicans.”
The potential agreement was the latest development in the president’s newfound willingness to work with Democrats after his fellow Republicans, who control Congress, failed to deliver legislative victories on healthcare and other matters.

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