Agreement reached with Trump on migrant programme, Democrats say



WASHINGTON (dpa)- The top Democrats in the US Congress reached an agreement with President Donald Trump to protect a programme that shields from deportation young migrants brought to the US illegally as children, they announced late Wednesday.
Discussion at a "very productive" White House meeting with Trump focused on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement.



"We agreed to enshrine the protections of DACA into law quickly, and to work out a package of border security, excluding the wall, that's acceptable to both sides," the statement from the Democratic leaders said, apparently referring to Trump's call for a Mexican border wall.
Trump's constructive working dinner with Pelosi and Schumer included discussions on tax reform, infrastructure and trade, in addition to the topics of border security and DACA, a White House official said.
The White House official did not mention any specific agreements.
Earlier this month, Trump announced a decision to end the DACA programme, which was introduced by his predecessor Barack Obama in 2012.
Trump had argued that the programme was outside presidential powers, and he called on Congress to take up the matter during the next six months.
Last week, in a twist for hyper-partisan Washington, Trump praised Pelosi and Schumer for a deal to avoid a damaging government default and to provide funding for Hurricane Harvey aid, while failing to mention the Republicans who also attended the talks for that deal.
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Thursday, September 14th 2017
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