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Democrats rule out Trump's request for border wall funding in exchange for protecting 'Dreamers'

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi at a news conference about the Child Care for Working Families Act at the U.S. Capitol September 14, 2017 in Washington, DC.
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi at a news conference about the Child Care for Working Families Act at the U.S. Capitol September 14, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Congressional Democrats rejected President Donald Trump's requests on Sunday that renewed protection for "Dreamers" — people brought illegally to the United States as children — include funding for a border wall and money for thousands more immigration officers.

"We told the President at our meeting that we were open to reasonable border security measures alongside the DREAM Act, but this list goes so far beyond what is reasonable. This proposal fails to represent any attempt at compromise," the two top congressional Democrats — Senator Chuck Schumer and Representative Nancy Pelosi — said in a joint statement.

"The list includes the wall, which was explicitly ruled out of the negotiations," they added.