A Deal (or Maybe Not) on Keeping DACA

September 14, 2017

Democratic congressional leaders announced Wednesday night that they had reached a deal with President Trump to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, through which about 800,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children have gained the right to work and temporary protection against the risk of deportation, The New York Times reported. But Republicans lashed out at the deal and the White House appeared to distance itself from the idea later in the night. Trump earlier this month said he was phasing out the program, which has been championed by many in higher education and has helped thousands of students.

Under the deal announced by Democrats, DACA would be extended and additional funds would be spent on border security, but not on the wall Trump wants to build on the border with Mexico. The White House is now questioning whether Trump agreed to a deal without the wall.

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