WASHINGTON - Democratic lawmakers say they are still working with the White House to finalize protections for undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced last night they made a preliminary deal with Trump on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.
In exchange, security along the U.S. southern border would be ramped up.
But earlier Thursday morning, President Donald Trump sent out a series a tweets denying an agreement was reached, saying, "No deal was made last night on DACA. Massive border security would have to be agreed to in exchange for consent. Would be subject to vote."
On his way to Florida later in the morning, Trump also expressed sympathy for the immigrants who are shielded from deportation under DACA.
"You have 800,000 young people brought here, no fault of their own. So we're working on a plan we'll see how it works out," Trump added.
Schumer and Pelosi say both sides agreed the deal won’t include funding for Trump's proposed border wall.
The two issued a joint statement Thursday morning saying President Trump's tweets "are not inconsistent with the agreement reached last night."
The statement goes on to say, “We agreed that the President would support enshrining DACA protections into law, and encourage the House and Senate to act."
The president maintains the wall will still be built.
Around 800,000 immigrants are shielded from deportation under DACA.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2017
The WALL, which is already under construction in the form of new renovation of old and existing fences and walls, will continue to be built.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2017
Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military? Really!.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2017
...They have been in our country for many years through no fault of their own - brought in by parents at young age. Plus BIG border security— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2017