Sarah Sanders told reporters Thursday that the president has not made a final decision on what will happen to the Obama-era deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) program. But she declined to comment when asked whether Trump's previous comments that DREAMers "shouldn't be worried" still stands. Other highlights from her Thursday briefing:

Sarah Sanders:

  • Trump to pledge $1 million of "personal money" to Hurricane Harvey relief. He's also planning to travel to Texas and Louisiana on Saturday, likely the Houston area and Lake Charles.
  • Trump "absolutely" stands by his statement to treat DREAMers with heart.
  • WH wants to "halt the downward spiral" between U.S. and Russia. "We want to move forward toward better relations."

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Tom Bossert on Hurricane Harvey:

  • Estimates roughly 100k homes have been impacted by Harvey.
  • WH will soon send a supplemental spending request to Congress to help ease the recovery process, but Bossert's "not worried at all" about having enough money to fund current operations.
  • Undocumented immigrants seeking federal help on Harvey shouldn't be worried about their immigration status "unless they've committed a crime." Bossert added that no one will be denied food, water, or shelter based on their legal status, but he doesn't see a lot of tax-funded benefits going to illegal immigrants.

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