The comments from Marc Short and Nancy Pelosi suggested room for compromise on the sensitive issue of immigration
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California accompanied by members of the House and Senate Democrats, gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. photo: AP/Jose Luis Magana, photo: AP/Jose Luis Magana
12 of September 2017 14:12:01
WASHINGTON – The top House Democrat and a senior White House official both indicated Tuesday they are open to compromise on border security to expedite legislation to help immigrants brought here illegally as children.White House legislative director Marc Short said at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast that despite President Donald Trump's advocacy for a southern border wall, "I don't want us to bind ourselves into a construct that makes reaching a conclusion on DACA impossible."DACA refers to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program created by former President Barack Obama, which has extended temporary work permits and deportation protection to nearly 800,000 younger immigrants brought to this country illegally as minors. Trump announced last week he will dismantle the program in six months, and called on Congress to come up with a legislative solution before then.Separately, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Democrats are backing legislation to help the young immigrants, and hope to force a vote on it later this month — a maneuver that would require the support of at least two dozen Republicans. Pelosi said she is committed to help the immigrants at risk, and resolutely opposed to construction of a wall, but indicated openness to border security measures of some kind."We always want border stuff, so that's not a problem," Pelosi told reporters at the Capitol.
ERICA WERNERKEN THOMAS