Trump unlikely to demand border wall for Dreamers bill


President Donald Trump is sending public and private signals that he is ready to deal on legislation protecting young undocumented immigrants and won't demand funding for a border wall.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that Trump told her in private that he would sign the Dream Act — a bill that would provide a path to permanent legal status for so-called Dreamers — and that he wants "some border security." Meanwhile, a top White House aide indicated Tuesday that the Trump administration would not insist that legislation codifying protections for Dreamers be tied to border wall funding.

“We’ve been very clear: There is no wall in our DACA future. It’s just not going to happen,” Pelosi said in a small roundtable with reporters, recounting her conversations with Trump. “I think it’s immoral, I think it’s expensive and ineffective. And so we’re not going to that place.”

Pelosi said she and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) pressed Trump on protection for Dreamers during the Oval Office meeting last week, with the two Democrats saying “we will not rest until it is passed as soon as possible.”

“It was important to us, so we wanted some assurances that the president would sign the bill and that we would have some cooperation in passing such a bill,” the California Democrat added. “That’s been a major piece of that meeting.”

Marc Short, the White House’s director of legislative affairs, also said Tuesday that the administration is “most interested in getting border security” and that Trump believes a barrier such as a wall “is important to that equation of border security.”

“Whether or not that is part of a DACA equation or whether or not that’s another legislative vehicle — I don’t want us to bind ourselves into a construct that makes reaching a conclusion on DACA impossible,” Short said during a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.

Those comments underscore Trump’s desire to see Congress approve legislation that essentially would turn the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — an Obama-era executive action that Trump said this month he would end — into law. The president has given Congress six months to come up with a legislative fix, and several Republicans interested in immigration policy have urged the administration to make clear publicly what it is seeking in any deal.

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