Top Senate Dem: We're going forward with understanding we can work with White House on DACA

Top Senate Dem: We're going forward with understanding we can work with White House on DACA
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Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinDems mull big changes after Brazile bombshell After Texas shooting, lawmakers question whether military has systemic reporting problem Bipartisan group of lawmakers aim to reform US sugar program MORE (D-Ill.) said Sunday lawmakers are moving forward under the impression they can work with the White House on a solution for young immigrants protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

During an interview on "Fox News Sunday," Durbin was asked whether there is a deal to protect DACA recipients without funding for the border wall and whether there is a deal to give a path to citizenship to young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. by their parents.

"Well, there's a basic understanding," Durbin said.

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Durbin said President Trump, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump is right: The visa lotto has got to go Schumer predicts bipartisan support for passing DACA fix this year No room for amnesty in our government spending bill MORE (D-N.Y.) came to a basic understanding without ironing out the details when they met at the White House last week.
"We're going forward with the understanding that we can work with the White House to come up with an agreement that includes DACA, that includes citizenship for those who are protected under the DREAM Act and also has a substantial commitment to increase border protection," he said.

Durbin said those are the two main pillars of the understanding.

When pressed on whether he thinks Trump committed to those pillars during the meeting with Democratic leaders, Durbin responded: "Yes."

Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntWe must fund community health centers now Overnight Tech: Senators demand tech firms do more on Russian meddling | House Intel releases Russian-promoted ads | Apple CEO says 'fake news' bigger threat than ads | Ex-Yahoo CEO, Equifax execs to testify on breaches Facebook: Clinton, Trump campaigns spent a combined M on ads MORE (R-Mo.) was also asked on the same show whether he thinks there's a deal on DACA and a path to citizenship.

"I think there's a desire to come to a conclusion here on both sides," he said, adding that the details "matter."

Trump said last week he is not considering offering citizenship to young immigrants living illegally in the U.S., saying, "We're not looking at amnesty."

His comments came after reports he struck a deal with Democrats to address immigrants benefiting from the DACA program, which he terminated last week.