Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Tuesday that he is encouraged by news that the Trump administration is unlikely to tie funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to a bill that would protect those enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
On Tuesday morning, White House director of legislative affairs Marc Short told reporters that funding for a wall was not necessary to reach a legislative fix for DACA recipients, which Schumer cheered.
"That's a very, very good thing and good progress," Schumer said. "I've told him over and over again. At one point he said, 'go easy on the wall.' I said no."
"Look, I made it so, so clear to the president that there's not going to be a wall in the appropriations process or in others," Schumer added.
Short's comments to reporters came during a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. He said that he didn't want to "bind" negotiations between the two to make a DACA fix "impossible."
"Whether or not that is part of a DACA equation or whether or not that's another legislative vehicle — I don't want us to bind ourselves into a construct that makes reaching a conclusion on DACA impossible," Short said.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., also shot down chatter of wall funding in exchange for a DACA fix.
"We've been very clear: There is no wall in our DACA future. It's just not going to happen," Pelosi reportedly said during a roundtable with reporters. "I think it's immoral; I think it's expensive and ineffective. And so we're not going to that place."
However, Short made it clear that the White House is still pushing for funding for the border wall, even if it's not attached to legislation dealing with DACA. He said the press shouldn't write that "the president backs off border wall. That's not the positiont that I am anywhere trying to convey."
The Trump administration announced its decision to phase out the DACA program, which former President Barack Obama announced in 2012, over the next six months to give Congress the opportunity to act.