The deal announced by Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi following a White House dinner would enshrine protections for the nearly 800,000 immigrants brought illegally to this country as kids who had benefited from former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. The program provided temporary work permits and protection from deportation.
Schumer and Pelosi released a statement in which they told the press, “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 White House did not immediately comment on the deal, but the administration did release a statement which referred to a “constructive working dinner” with the Democratic leaders “to discuss policy and legislative priorities.”
You’ll recall that just last week, Trump worked out a deal with Pelosi and Schumer to raise the debt ceiling. That move drew the ire of conservatives, many of whom wondered if it signaled a new direction for the Trump presidency. No doubt this second deal with Democrats will anger the president’s base, particularly the “build the wall” crowd that was so attracted to him in the first place.
Earlier in the day, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders maintained that Trump was “committed to the wall,” but this move will leave more than a few wondering if the administration is punting on the wall or if the president is turning his back on a key tenet of the 2016 campaign.
Will we find out that Trump’s delay is not Trump’s denial, or will the wall that the president so vehemently called for become another unfulfilled promise? Either way, this news isn’t encouraging for those who hoped for more robust border security from this administration.