Schumer: DACA talks with Trump going slow
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care: Schumer calls for tying ObamaCare fix to children's health insurance | Puerto Rico's water woes worsen | Dems plead for nursing home residents' right to sue Crying on TV doesn't qualify Kimmel to set nation's gun agenda Trump knocks ‘fake’ news coverage of his trip to Puerto Rico MORE (D-N.Y.) is signaling that talks with the White House to tie border security to a fix for some undocumented immigrants have hit a stumbling block. 

"Now they haven't negotiated much since then and [President Trump] got a load of blowback from the right wing. ... We're trying to get those negotiations going again," Schumer told Pod Save America, a podcast run by former Obama staffers. 
 
He added he thinks Trump "wants to help the Dreamers, but I also think there's not many people around him who want to get that done, so it's slowing us down." 
 
Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced earlier this month they had stuck a broad deal with Trump to pair tougher border security with a legislative fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program — though the details still need to be hashed out. 
 
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Those talks, Schumer noted during the podcast, were supposed to be overseen by White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE, as well as top aides for Kelly, Schumer and Pelosi. 
 
The Trump administration announced that it was ending the DACA program, which allows undocumented immigrants brought into the country as children temporary protection from deportation, as well as work permits. 
 
But Trump surprised GOP lawmakers — and sparked the ire of conservatives — over his talks with Pelosi and Schumer. Republicans, who say they are broadly sympathetic to DACA recipients, quickly warned they would want to weigh in on any agreement. 
 
Lawmakers are pitching multiple bills aimed at addressing the group, including legislation introduced this week by GOP Sens. James LankfordJames Paul LankfordRepublicans jockey for position on immigration Tillis-Lankford amnesty proposal is a betrayal of the American people This week: Congress gets ball rolling on tax reform MORE (Okla.), Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisRepublicans jockey for position on immigration Overnight Cybersecurity: Trump proclaims 'Cybersecurity Awareness Month' | Equifax missed chance to patch security flaw | Lawmakers await ex-CEO's testimony | SEC hack exposed personal data Tillis-Lankford amnesty proposal is a betrayal of the American people MORE (N.C.) and Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchGOP eyes limits on investor tax break Children’s health-care bill faces new obstacles Overnight Finance: White House requests B for disaster relief | Ex-Equifax chief grilled over stock sales | House panel approves B for border wall | Tax plan puts swing-state Republicans in tough spot MORE (Utah) that they are floating as a conservative alternative to the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, or DREAM Act.
 
Democrats and activists supportive of the DREAM Act, which would set up a path to citizenship for those brought to the country illegally as children, are demanding a stand-alone vote on the legislation — something GOP leadership has repeatedly said will not happen.