The president insists that the deal is not sufficient, and demanded ‘a merit based system of immigration’ and funding for a border wall with Mexico

Donald Trump cast doubt on Friday that he and Congress would soon reach a deal to protect some 800,000 young undocumented immigrants from deportation, saying that a bipartisan plan presented to the White House was “a big step backwards”.

On Thursday, a group of Republican and Democratic senators took a bipartisan plan to the president, raising those hopes that he would agree to continue Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca), a program started by Barack Obama. A day earlier, a federal judge had blocked the president’s attempt to end the program outright this March.

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