By Agence France-Presse
President Donald Trump said Thursday he was “fairly close” to finalizing a deal with Democrats allowing young immigrants to remain in the United States, antagonizing anti-immigration Republicans who worry he is violating his own campaign pledges.
“You have 800,000 young people, brought here, no fault of their own. So we’re working on a plan,” Trump said, hours after he hosted a working dinner with top congressional Democrats in which they discussed securing the border in exchange for protections for immigrants known as “Dreamers.”
“I think we are fairly close but we have to get massive border security,” he told reporters Thursday.
Trump’s embrace of a key Democratic argument for allowing young people to stay after they arrived illegally in the United States as children was the latest stiff-arm by Trump against his own party, some of whose rank-and-file members have bridled at the president’s apparent eagerness to strike deals with the opposition.
“Amnesty Don,” blared a headline on Breitbart News, a far-right website run by former chief White House strategist Steve Bannon, which slammed Trump for apparently selling out his base by protecting Dreamers from deportation.
Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama protected them through his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive order.
Trump rescinded that order, prompting jubilation among many in his camp, but then urged Congress to craft a legal solution within the next six months.
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