Republican U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday any agreement on protections for illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children must be tied to border security. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Republican U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday any agreement on protections for illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children must be tied to border security and disputed Democratic congressional leaders who said they had reached a deal on the issue. "Well we're working on a plan, subject to getting massive border control. We're working on a plan for DACA. People want to see that happen. You have 800,000 young people brought here through no fault of their own. But we're going to get massive border security as part of that. And I think something can happen. Something will happen," Trump said as he left the White House Thursday for a trip to inspect recovery efforts in Florida after Hurricane Irma. The president was referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program created by former President Barack Obama. Trump said last week he would end it in six months and called on the U.S. Congress to act. He later said he might "revisit" the issue if lawmakers do not. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and House of Representatives minority leader Nancy Pelosi had said they came to an agreement with Trump at a dinner meeting at the White House Wednesday evening. The two said in a statement Wednesday night they agreed to quickly enact protections for immigrant children dubbed Dreamers along with a border security package that did not fund the wall.