WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump confirmed on Thursday morning that he supports legislation that would protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation and would deliver a “massive” increase in border security — but not with a wall on the southern border.
Trump’s comments, both in Washington and in Florida, affirmed the broad parameters of an agreement that Democratic leaders unilaterally announced Wednesday night after dinner with the president at the White House.
In remarks to reporters as he left the White House on Thursday, Trump said, “We’re working on a plan for DACA,” referring to protections for immigrants who are part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. He confirmed, “the wall will come later.”
Trump’s comments seemed to contradict his own Twitter posts early Thursday morning when he said:
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.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2017
But they were very much in line with Democratic leaders’ statements. Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, the House Democratic leader, also stopped short of calling their agreement a “deal” on Thursday.
But she told reporters, “We agreed to a plan to protect our nation’s Dreamers from deportation,” adding that there would be a “border security measure that does not include a wall” included in immigration legislation.
Republican leaders were contacted after the fact. In a curt statement, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, confirmed…
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