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Grassley satisfied no deal on DACA, but Democrats said there is agreement

By Ed Tibbetts, Quad City Times | Sep 15, 2017

Reports of an apparent deal between President Donald Trump and Democratic congressional leaders on the fate of hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants alarmed some Iowa Republicans in Congress.

However, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said late this morning he was reassured by a tweet from the president that there is no deal.

“Democrats drew the wrong conclusion," Grassley told reporters in Washington, D.C.

The exact details of what transpired between the president and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., at a White House meeting Wednesday weren't clear.

Late Wednesday, news reports said the Democrats reported they had a deal with Trump to protect the immigrants and strengthen border security, but without a wall.

The reports drew a sharp response from some Republicans and Trump supporters.

During the campaign, Trump promised to build a wall, at Mexico's expense, and he took a hard line on immigration.

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, reacting to an Associated Press report on the matter, tweeted late Wednesday: "If AP is correct, Trump base is blown up, destroyed, irreparable, and disillusioned beyond repair. No promise is credible."

Grassley, in his own tweet Thursday morning, also expressed concerns. There are efforts ongoing in Congress to come to an agreement and Grassley suggested in a tweet Thursday morning this would have undermined those efforts.

After Trump tweeted Thursday that "no deal was made last night" and that "massive border security" would have to be part of any agreement, Grassley told reporters he was no longer concerned.

"If the report had been right, and it wasn't right, that he had reached an agreement with the Democrats that would have undercut us. But I'm satisfied with the president's tweet that he has not," Grassley said.

Democrats, though, stood their ground. Pelosi and Schumer t said they had come to an agreement with Trump.

"we agreed that the President would support enshrining DACA protections into law, and encourage the House and Senate to act."

For his part, the president said on Twitter that he would continue to push for building a wall, but he also questioned "why anybody would "really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military? Really!....."

 

 

A request for Sen. Joni Ernst's thoughts on the matter was answered with an email from a spokesperson.

"Senator Ernst will review any finalized proposals as they become available. Until we see such legislation, it is difficult to know exactly what it would entail," the email said.

The Trump administration moved a little more than a week ago to rescind the Obama-era executive order called DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and urged Congress to take up the matter.

The program allows young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children to remain on a temporary basis and work or go to school. About 800,000 are in the program.

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