U.S. President Donald Trump has said he is “fairly close” to sealing a deal on the DACA program with leading Democrats while adding that he will get beefed up border patrol in return and that his border wall will come later.
In a retreat from the administration's announcement to cancel the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Trump defended the children who were thrown into uncertainty after last week's decision.
“We’re working on a plan, subject to getting massive border controls. We're working on a plan for DACA. People want to see that happen. You have 800,000 young people, brought here, no fault of their own. So we're working on a plan. We'll see how it works,” he said on his way to Florida. "We are looking at allowing people to stay here. We are working with everybody."
Trump then added, “The wall will come later. We're right now renovating large sections of wall, massive sections, making it brand new," reported the Los Angeles Times.
Earlier in the morning, Trump announced via Twitter that, although “no deal was made” on the DACA program, developments were underway.
“No deal was made last night on DACA. Massive border security would have to be agreed to in exchange for consent. Would be subject to vote," Trump tweeted, with follow-up posts stating that renovations to sections of the existing Mexico-U.S. border wall constituted the building of his campaigned promised wall.
After a meeting with Trump Wednesday night, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. issued a statement describing the talks of border security and DACA.
Trump's scrapping of DACA allowed congress an additional six months to deliberate a means to pass legislation to prevent a mass deportation.
"We agreed to enshrine the protections of DACA into law quickly, and to work out a package of border security, excluding the wall, that's acceptable to both sides," the statement read.
The border talks include, “new technology, drones, air support, sensor equipment, rebuilding roads along the border,” according to the Los Angeles Times.