Donald Trump Tweets Mixed Messages About DACA, Talks 'Massive Border Security'

Donald Trump Tweets Mixed Messages About DACA, Talks 'Massive Border Security'

Confusion reigned Thursday morning after President Donald Trump offered conflicting statements on the state of a possible deal with Democratic leadership that would both extend an Obama-era immigration program and beef up border security.

Amid so much conflicting information about DACA on Thursday, CBS News' Nancy Cordes reported from Capitol Hill and Julianna Goldman from the White House, where Mr. Trump had dinner last night with the two top Democrats in Congress. The tentative deal would protect hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants in the United States, would include a border security package but would not fund the wall along the border. "He added: "'I think we're fairly close but we have to get massive border security".

And then there's Trump's suggestion that any deal on immigration (i.e. DACA) must come with "an understanding" that funding for a border wall would be worked towards at a later date.

"He likes us! He likes me, anyway", Schumer said.

The DACA program was introduced by Trump's Democratic predecessor Barack Obama in 2012. "They have been in our country for many years through no fault of their own", Trump tweeted at 5:35 a.m. EST, "brought in by parents at young age".

But Trump said Thursday that citizenship was off the table: "We're not looking at citizenship".

"If that's blown up here in these negotiations, whether it's his intent or not, they're not going to have a leg to stand on against others when defending our president", said Representative Steve King, a Republican from Iowa.

A few minutes later, the President made clear that he was not in favor of deporting those "Dreamers", saying in a tweet, "Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military?"

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The bombshell developments, which were first announced by Schumer and Pelosi and reiterated by Trump himself Thursday morning, were met with immediate outrage from conservatives and put pressure on the President's Republican allies in Congress.

Initially, Trump said that Congress would have six months to find a replacement and to pass legislation to save the DREAMers, meaning that the current programme's protections would be revoked in March 2018.

And on Twitter, under the trend #burnmyMAGAhat, some Trump supporters set their signature red hats ablaze to signal their displeasure at the potential bipartisan immigration deal.

Trump said his administration is "working with everybody" to achieve that.

"There's a lot of students who are younger than us, and if this goes away, they won't be able to go to college", Ortiz said.

I know that the same person who tried to tear down DACA is now the same one who appears to be in support of it, but if you are using rational thinking to try to understand anything this administration is doing, I would implore you to stop right now. Republicans broadly favor more stringent border security.

But Democrats said there was more to it; they insist the president signed off on a policy they've been pushing for years, according to Cordes. I voted 4 Trump knowing he wasn't a Conservative & knowing he had no core.

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