Trump on DACA recipients: Does anyone really want to 'throw out' good, educated young people?

President Trump on Thursday questioned why people would want to force recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to leave the country.

"Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military?" Trump asked on Twitter.

"Really!...They have been in our country for many years through no fault of their own - brought in by parents at young age. Plus BIG border security."

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The Trump administration announced last week it was ending the Obama-era program, which offered a temporary reprieve from deportation to certain young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

After a dinner at the White House on Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Trump agreed to work toward a deal that would protect DACA recipients in exchange for new border security measures.

The lawmakers said in a statement that they 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 White House quickly rejected that statement, saying that while border security and DACA were discussed, the president didn't agree to exclude funding for the border wall from the package.

Trump also pushed back on the statement by Democratic leaders in Congress, saying early Thursday there was no deal made to protect young immigrants.