President Donald Trump tweeted today that no deal has been reached with the Democrats over DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).
This announcement comes as a direct contradiction to the joint statement made by Democratic leaders Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) who announced that both parties had “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”.
DACA was a cornerstone of Obama’s immigration policy that allowed the children of immigrants, known as ‘Dreamers’, who entered the country illegally to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit.
However, the security regarding the U.S.-Mexican border remained a sticking point for both parties and no agreement was reached, much to the ire of Republicans and right-wing commentators alike.
Building a wall along the Mexican border was one of Trump’s biggest campaign promises and the President has requested reciprocity for a bipartisan deal with the Democrats. The 71-year-old leader tweeted that ‘massive border security would have to be agreed to in exchange for consent’.
This deal was due to be Trump’s second major bipartisan pact with Democratic leaders this month after agreeing to raise the nation’s debt ceiling. However, Trump’s latest tweets show that chances of immigration reform will remain unlikely until the issue of border security is resolved.