In a rare show of bipartisan cooperation that is sure to raise eyebrows on both sides of the aisle, President Donald Trump reportedly took to Twitter to reassure current DACA enrollees after conferring with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on how to best transmit the message.
The president vowed Thursday morning that DACA recipients will remain safe from deportation for the next six months, the time Trump allotted Congress to come up with a permanent replacement for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
“For all of those (DACA) that are concerned about your status during the 6 month period, you have nothing to worry about – No action!” he wrote.
For all of those (DACA) that are concerned about your status during the 6 month period, you have nothing to worry about – No action!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 7, 2017
Pelosi told House Democrats at a closed-door meeting that she encouraged Trump to use his influential social media platform to put DACA enrollees’ minds at ease. Reports suggest that Trump was the one to initiate contact with Pelosi.
Correction, TRUMP called PELOSI, not other way around https://t.co/pMpjDc3voj
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) September 7, 2017
Trump signaled Wednesday that he would work with Democrats to come up with an amenable solution to the problem posed by DACA, an Obama-era initiative that was meant to temporarily tackle the growing illegal immigration issue by offering those who were brought to the U.S. as children an opportunity to receive work permits and other benefits.
“Chuck [Schumer] and Nancy would like to see something happen, and so do I,” he told reporters aboard Air Force One during a flight to North Dakota. “I said if we can get something to happen, we’re going to sign it and we’re going to make a whole lot of happy people.”
Wednesday also saw Trump strike a deal with Pelosi and Schumer, her Senate counterpart, regarding a short-term debt limit extension that had been opposed by House Republican leadership, who instead lobbied for an 18-month extension.