Democrats announce bipartisan deal on DACA

Democratic leaders announced a bipartisan deal with the president to fix the controversial DACA program.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program offers protections for undocumented immigrants brought to the country at a young age.

After a meeting with President Trump, Representative Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer released a statement which said, "We 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,"

"This isn't amnesty, this is really doing the right thing," said Democratic Congressman Jim Costa of Fresno.

He applauds the deal and said both sides are clear that a fix is needed.

"The resolution to this is for congress to pass legislation, bipartisan legislation, the president can sign into law so that these 800 thousand individuals to live in the United States," said Costa.

He said the deal revealed a mutual interest in immigration reform and security.

Costa acknowledged a compromise might require increased border security.

"The fact that they are talking about some solution is an encouraging thing at this point," said Political Analyst Don Larson.

He said he hopes the deal signals an end to bipartisan bickering.

The deal signals second time in as many weeks the president has bypassed Republicans and dealt directly with Democrats.

"If they're willing to set that aside and see that the problem needs a solution, and they need to work together to find that solution, that to me is very encouraging," said Larson

Others express doubt that the two sides are close to an agreement.

"Nothing is final until it's gone through Congress and it's signed by the president," said Samuel Molina with Mi Familia Vota, a Latino outreach organization.

He said the administration's mixed messages leaves plenty of doubt.

"Not moments later Sarah Huckabee Sanders saying that the idea of excluding a border wall was not part of the deal," said Molina.

He hopes immigrant rights aren't sacrificed when specifics are eventually negotiated.


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