US President and Democrats agree deal on DACA

2017-09-14 Vatican Radio

US President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders in the U.S. Congress have agreed to work together on legislation to protect "Dreamers," or DACA the illegal immigrants who were children when they entered the United States.

Following talks over dinner with Trump at the White House, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said the "productive meeting" focused on "DACA," a programme established by former President Barack Obama.

Democrats have insisted that they will block any legislation that contains funding for a wall along the length of the U.S. border with Mexico, a top Trump campaign goal that many Republicans in Congress also do not support.

While White House officials have suggested legislation on DACA could move forward without wall funding, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders disputed the account that a deal had been reached to leave it out of any legislation focused on the Dreamers programme.

(from Vatican Radio)