Democratic leaders said Wednesday night they have reached agreement with President Donald Trump to provide legal status for 800,000 immigrants who came to the country without documentation as children, part of a package that would include border security but not money for a wall on the Mexican border.
The deal, announced after a dinner of Chinese food at the White House, would need to be approved by Congress. But it could provide further momentum to a budding movement toward bipartisanship that began last week when Trump reached a fiscal agreement with Democrats to keep the government open to early December and authorize enough borrowing to pay the nation’s debts.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a Twitter statement denying that the wall was excluded from an agreement to replace the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
“While DACA and border security were both discussed, excluding the wall was certainly not agreed to,” Sanders wrote.