President Donald Trump has agreed to a plan with top Democratic leaders to protect thousands of young immigrants from deportation, Deutsche Welle reports.
Congressional Democratic leaders said Wednesday they had struck a deal with President Donald Trump to protect thousands of young immigrants from deportation.
The agreement will also see increased security at the US-Mexico border, though it does not include funding for Trump’s sought-after border wall.
Last week Trump announced his decision to repeal the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA protected nearly 800,000 immigrants, known as Dreamers, brought illegally to the US as children from deportation as long as they had no criminal record and had completed high school.
The president said he was ending the program, which was highly popular with both Democrats and Republicans, in order to give Congress six months to craft appropriate immigration legislation replacing Obama’s 2012 executive order.
“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,” said Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi in a joint statement after a meeting at the White House.