House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said President Donald Trump tweeted that undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children “have nothing to worry about” after she asked him to make clear they wouldn’t immediately be subject to deportation.
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said President Donald Trump tweeted that undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children “have nothing to worry about” after she asked him to make clear they wouldn’t immediately be subject to deportation. The California Democrat said at a news conference that she sought the statement during a phone conversation with Trump on Thursday. His administration said earlier in the week that it would end a program shielding the immigrant children from being removed from the U.S.
Trump said he’s delaying elimination of the initiative for six months so Congress can work to put in law the protections President Barack Obama created by executive order in 2012. The program, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, was created for about 800,000 people. Pelosi said she told Trump, “People really need a reassurance from you, Mr. President, that the six-month period is not a roundup, that DACA is frozen and these people will not be vulnerable.” “This is what I asked the president to do and boom, the tweet appeared,” she said.
Trump’s response to Pelosi is the second time in as many days that the president has gone along with a request from the Democratic leader — to the consternation of some Republicans. During an Oval Office meeting Wednesday, Trump accepted a proposal by Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York to tie a three-month suspension of the debt limit to a Hurricane Harvey relief measure.
Trump’s Thursday tweet said: “For all of those (DACA) that are concerned about your status during the 6 month period, you have nothing to worry about – No action!”
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in an email that Trump also spoke Thursday morning with Schumer, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, and plans to have dinner with Ryan Thursday night.
Pelosi said Trump has “made it very clear” he wants Congress to pass legislation on the DACA issue. While a comprehensive immigration bill is needed in the long term, the Democratic leader said Congress should act on the immigrant children quickly. Trump probably also wants increased border enforcement, she said.
Also Thursday, the CBS News program “60 Minutes” released excerpts of an interview with Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon, in which he said he disagreed with Trump’s position on ending DACA. “I understand how he struggled with it, I understand how he’s giving the possibility of a legislative thing,” Bannon was quoted as saying.