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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 23:31

Trump, top Democrats agree to work on deal to save 'dreamers' from deportation

Written by  Ed O'Keefe
In this Sept. 6, 2017 photo, President Trump met with Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and other congressional leaders in the Oval Office of the White House on Sept.

6, 217. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Democratic leaders announced late Wednesday that they agreed with President Trump to pursue a legislative deal that would protect hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants from deportation and enact border security measures that don’t include building a physical wall.

The president discussed options during a dinner at the White House with Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) that also included talks on tax reform, infrastructure and trade. Trump has showed signs of shifting strategy to cross the aisle and work with Democrats in the wake of the high-profile failures by Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

A possible alliance between Trump and the Democrats on immigration would represent a major political gamble for a president who made promises of tougher border control policies the centerpiece of his campaign and pledged to build a “big, beautiful wall” along the U.S.-Mexico border. A majority of Republicans, especially in the House, have long opposed offering legal status, and a path to citizenship, to the nation’s more than 11 million undocumented immigrants.

Read more at WashingtonPost

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