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Compromise on DACA, Koch brothers send a signal to Trump

David (L) and Charles Koch

American groups backed by conservative mega-donors Charles and David Koch are pressuring US President Donald Trump to compromise on DACA, an Obama-era program that gives immigrants protection from deportation.

Freedom Partners, Americans for Prosperity and the LIBRE Initiative released statements on Monday, criticizing President Trump over his recent comment that “DACA is dead."

The Koch brothers are major Republican donors, who did not back Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

Trump initially called on US Congress to come up with a permanent solution last year after striking down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA).

In this AFP file photo taken on October 5, 2017 protesters shout slogans against US President Donald Trump during a demonstration in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), also known as Dream Act, near the Trump Tower in New York.

The groups called on the US president to come up with a permanent solution to deal with the program.

“President Trump and Congress must double down and demonstrate a sense of urgency to make a deal that would provide certainty for Dreamers, and security for our nation,” said LIBRE Initiative President Daniel Garza.

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The LIBRE Initiative President Daniel Garza said in a statement that Trump’s recent comments on DACA were “extremely disappointing" and pointed out that both parties in Congress were willing to “provide funding for border security.”

The call came in the wake of Trump’s tweet on Monday morning, asserting that a DACA deal fell through because “Democrats didn’t care or act.”

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