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White House says it will lay out immigration priorities in 7 to 10 days

9/15/2017

The White House plans to lay out its “specific priorities and principles” for an immigration deal in seven to 10 days, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Friday.

After dining with the president earlier this week, Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi said they had reached a deal to pass legislation granting Dreamers — immigrants whose parents brought them to the U.S. as children — alongside funding for border security, but not for a border wall. Trump first denied that he had reached a deal with them, but later acknowledged they had discussed such an arrangement.

Sanders said Friday that Trump is “focused on making sure that in the efforts of these ongoing conversations between both Democrats and Republicans that we deliver on responsible immigration reform” but that no final deal had been reached.

“He supports making an agreement on DACA but that would have to include massive border security and interior enforcements,” she told reporters at the afternoon briefing. “The president continues to push for those things. He still is 100 percent committed to the wall, and we’re going to be laying out what our specific priorities and principles are in that front over the next seven to 10 days, and we'll make sure that you guys are all a part of that.”

Trump last week announced that he was ending the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that provides work permits to roughly 700,000 young immigrants. And while he gave Congress six months to come up with a legislative alternative to ending DACA, the White House has not been clear on what exactly they want the bill to look like.