Skip to main content

Trump, Dem leaders reach agreement on young immigrants

President Trump and Democratic leaders in Congress agreed to work toward a deal that would protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation in exchange for new border security measures, the lawmakers said Wednesday
 
Trump discussed the agreement during a dinner at the White House with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) 
 
But afterward, the two sides disputed key details of the proposal, raising questions about whether a deal had actually been reached. The Democratic leaders said the border-security measures would not include funding for Trump's proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. 
 
“We had a very productive meeting at the White House with the president,” Schumer and Pelosi said in a statement. “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.”
 
Less than an hour later, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders pushed back on Schumer and Pelosi’s account.
 
“While DACA and border security were both discussed, excluding the wall was certainly not agreed to,” she said in an email. 
 
Trump sent lawmakers scrambling to address hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program when he terminated it last week. The Obama-era program offered a temporary reprieve from deportation to certain young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.


The president has appeared increasingly willing to work with Democrats in recent days after bitterly fighting them during the first seven months of his presidency. He is hoping Schumer and Pelosi can help him deliver the votes for an immigration bill and other legislative priorities this fall. 
 
In an earlier statement, the White House called the dinner “constructive” and said the conversations centered on “tax reform, border security, DACA, infrastructure and trade.” 
 
The Democratic leaders said they also urged the president to make some key ObamaCare subsidies permanent. 
 
Trump told a bipartisan group of moderate lawmakers earlier Wednesday that he wants them to find a quick solution for DACA recipients. 
 
“We don’t want to forget DACA. It’s already been a week and a half and people don’t talk about it as much,” Trump said.
 
After the meeting, Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) told reporters the president is getting impatient.
 
“He says, ‘Oh, DACA, we want to move on this quick, we don’t want to wait six months,’” Cuellar said.
 
Deportation reprieves are set to expire for some DACA recipients in March.
 
The Texas Democrat said that the president didn’t insist that money for the border wall be attached to the DACA fix. 
 
“He said, ‘We don’t have to tie a wall to this. We can put a wall [in another bill],’” Cuellar said, stressing other border enforcement measures would likely be included.
 
But even if Trump and Democratic leaders agree to a deal on immigration, the president will need Republican leaders to back it in order for it to come to the floor for a vote. 
 
GOP leaders were frustrated with Trump's decision last week to break with them and strike a fiscal deal with Schumer and Pelosi. 
 
But they're also exploring ways to address the DACA predicament. Hours after Trump met with centrist lawmakers, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) huddled with a number of Democrats in the Capitol to discuss a path forward on DACA. 
 
The gathering was attended by Pelosi and the heads of the Hispanic, Black and Asian caucuses.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Check NYSC Senate Approved List of All Institutions for the 2017 Batch ‘B’

National Youth Service Corps, NYSC senate list is out. The portal for verifying the senate approved mobilization list (2017 Batch ‘B’) of various institutions in Nigeria is live.
This is to inform all prospective corps members (2017 Batch ‘B’) that they can now check the senate approved mobilization list of their various institutions on the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) portal for free.
See also: NYSC Batch ‘B’ Mobilization Exercise Timetable – 2017
HOW TO CHECK NYSC SENATE APPROVED LIST. 1. Go to NYSC senate list portal at https://portal.nysc.org.ng/nysc2/VerifySenateLists.aspx 2. Select your Institution. 3. Supply your Matriculation Number and Surname in the required columns. 4. Select your date of birth. Finally, click the ‘SEARCH’ button to access your mobilization status.

Scary News About Your Cellphone

File photo

The war rages on about the safety of cell phones.  One side argues there’s either nothing to fear, while the other warns that your phone is causes grave harm when it comes into close contact with your body. Citing the views of other experts Dr Joseph Mercola tries to show where the real truth lies.

The year 2014 marked the first time in history that there were officially more mobile devices than people in the world – approximately 7.2 billion.

Although significantly lower, the number of cell phone users is forecast to reach 4.77 billion by the year 2017.

That’s a lot of cell phones and cell phone users. But what’s even more fascinating about all these mobile devices is the behaviour that surrounds them: The average cellphone owner checks their phone 110 times a day, or about nine times each hour; and 46 percent of smartphone owners say “they couldn’t live without” their phones

Cell Phone Safety

Most…

Nigerian Navy commences recruitment of graduates

The Nigerian Navy has commenced the process for the recruitment of suitably qualified Nigerian graduates through the Nigerian Navy Direct Short Service Commission (DSSC) Course 25.
The guidelines for the enlistment can be accessed on the Nigerian Navy Enlistment Portal http://www.joinnigeriannavy.com/ which will be opened on October 11 for interested candidates to apply online.
Interested applicants, who must be Nigerians by birth, should possess a minimum of Second Class Upper Division for first degree holders and Upper Credit for HND holders. Male applicants must not be less than 1.68 metres tall while female applicants must not be less than 1.65 metres in height. Applicants should be between 22 and 28 years by 31 January 2018, except for Imams and Chaplains who should not exceed 30 years by January 31, 2017.