House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told her Democratic colleagues Wednesday that House Speaker Paul Ryan wants to add border measures to a bill protecting illegal immigrants who entered the country as children, and said Democrats are already suggesting a bipartisan border security bill.
Pelosi said she and other Democratic leaders met with Ryan prior to sitting down with President Trump and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Wednesday evening.
"Earlier in the day, Leader Hoyer and I, along with the Tri-Caucus Chairs, met with Speaker Ryan to encourage passage of the DREAM Act," Pelosi wrote in a letter released Thursday morning. "He suggested that he may need border security measures and we suggested the McCaul-Thompson border security package that unanimously passed the Homeland Security Committee."
That bipartisan bill passed a few years ago, and would require the government to develop a comprehensive border security plan.
Following the Schumer-Pelosi meeting with Trump, the two Democrats called it "very productive" and said they plan to "work out a package on border security, excluding the wall."
Trump tweeted Thursday morning that that was not the case.
"No deal was made last night on DACA. Massive border security would have to be agreed to in exchange for consent. Would be subject to vote," Trump tweeted.
Pelosi also told Democrats "any solution to the challenge facing the DREAMers must include the DREAM Act sponsored by Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard" and promised to update lawmakers about border security suggestions that Republicans give her.