Pelosi asked Trump to issue tweet reassuring DACA recipients

Pelosi asked Trump to issue tweet reassuring DACA recipients
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) spoke to President Trump by phone on Thursday and asked him to issue a tweet reassuring young undocumented immigrants that they won’t be deported in the next six months.

Pelosi told reporters at a Capitol news conference that she told Trump to make clear that recipients under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, often referred to as “Dreamers,” shouldn't fear imminent deportation as the Trump administration phases the program out over the next six months.

Pelosi said she told Trump that “people really need a reassurance from you, Mr. President, that the six-month period is not a period of round-up.”

Trump tweeted Thursday morning, “For all of those (DACA) that are concerned about your status during the 6 month period, you have nothing to worry about — No action!”


Under the terms announced by the Trump administration earlier this week, DACA recipients whose permits expire within the next six months have until Oct. 5 to apply for renewal. But those whose permits run out after the March deadline will see their permits expire unless Congress acts.

Democrats are pushing Republicans and Trump to endorse the parameters of the DREAM Act, which would establish a path for the young immigrants to obtain legal status.
“I am praying that the president really cares about the Dreamers. Or knows that he should care about the Dreamers,” Pelosi said.
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"The President is committed to working across the aisle and doing what is needed to best serve the American people," Sanders said in a statement.

Some Democrats questioned the efficacy of the deal struck by Pelosi, Schumer and Trump on Wednesday to extend the debt limit for another three months. They think this month’s fiscal fights to avoid a government shutdown and raise the debt limit should have been used to push for a long-term DACA fix.

Trump on Wednesday expressed hope that Congress will find a way to address the fate of DACA recipients.

“I will tell you, I really believe Congress wants to take care of it. We discussed that also today, and Chuck and Nancy would like to see something happen, and so do I,” Trump said.

Ryan will be dining with Trump at the White House later Thursday evening.

This story was updated at 11:40 a.m.