Pelosi asked Trump to issue tweet reassuring DACA recipients
7 September 2017 Trump
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) spoke to President Trump by phone on Thursday and asked him to issue a tweet reassuring young undocumented immigrants that they won’t be deported in the next six months.
According to a Democratic aide, Pelosi informed colleagues at a House Democratic whip meeting Thursday morning that she asked the president to make clear that recipients under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program won’t be subject to deportation as the Trump administration phases it out over the next six months.
Trump tweeted Thursday morning, “For all of those (DACA) that are concerned about your status during the 6 month period, you have nothing to worry about — No action!”
Under the terms announced by the Trump administration earlier this week, DACA recipients whose permits expire within the next six months have until Oct. 5 to apply for renewal. But those whose permits run out after the March deadline will see their permits expire unless Congress acts.
Pelosi is under pressure from Democrats to push for a permanent legislative fix for people in the DACA program, which allows undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as minors to stay in the country and apply for work permits.
Some Democrats questioned the efficacy of the deal struck by Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Trump on Wednesday to extend the debt limit for another three months. They think this month’s fiscal fights to avoid a government shutdown and raise the debt limit should have been used to push for a long-term DACA fix.
Trump on Wednesday expressed hope that Congress will find a way to address the fate of DACA recipients.
“I will tell you, I really believe Congress wants to take care of it. We discussed that also today, and Chuck and Nancy would like to see something happen, and so do I,” Trump said.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called President Trump on Thursday asking him to issue a tweet reassuring young undocumented immigrants that they won’t be deported in the next six months.