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White House, top Democrats reach deal to protect young immigrants

The top House and Senate Democrats have announced agreement with President Donald Trump to protect certain immigrants brought illegally to this country as children — along with some border security enhancements.

The agreement would specifically not include Trump’s long-sought border wall. It would enshrine protections for the nearly 800,000 immigrants who benefited from a program created by former President Barack Obama that Trump has announced he is ending.

The agreement was announced in a joint statement from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, following a dinner the pair had with Trump at the White House.

“We had a very productive meeting at the White House with the President,” Pelosi and Schumer said in a statement. “The discussion focused on DACA. 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.”

It marks the second time in two weeks that Trump has bypassed Republicans to deal with Pelosi and Schumer.

“While DACA and border security were both discussed, excluding the wall was certainly not agreed to,” White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.