President Trump said on Friday that he will soon – probably over the weekend – announce what will happen to the Obama-era policy that allows some young children who came to America illegally to remain in the country as adults. Trump's announcement may affect up to 787,000 "Dreamers" who are currently enrolled in the program, also known as the Deferred Action or Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
The program was an acknowledgement from the government that Dreamers wouldn't be deported, and that they were authorized to seek work permits and attend college. Yet, under President Trump, a man who has made clear that he will do something about mass migration into the country, things may change.
President Trump made clear that despite the possibility of making changes to the program, he will still go forward with compassion for those who are currently living in the country.
"We love Dreamers; we love everybody...the Dreamers are terrific,'' Trump told reporters according to NBC News.
The Democratic Party, who believe in mass migration policies, are upset that their program might be in jeopardy. Republicans, however, have put forward mixed responses. House Speaker Paul Ryan, for instance, recently urged President Trump to not cancel the program, according to the Huffington Post. When asked in an interview, Ryan remarked that President Trump should let Congress handle the issue rather than issuing an executive order.
Originally started under President Obama in 2012, the program permits young people to seek government protection. Applicants can file when they turn 15, and so far a total of 1.3 million young people can potentially enroll.
During the campaign, President Trump remarked that DACA is a form of amnesty that allows illegal aliens to compete with American citizens for jobs. However, despite the President's remarks, the program has proven to be popular. A recent NBC Survey found that 64 percent of respondents supported the program, whereas only 30 percent opposed it.
Not only that, but President Trump has also implied that he does not wish to deport non-citizens who have been residing in the country for an extended period of time. In particular, Trump told Fox News' Sean Hannity in August 2016 that the U.S. had to "work with" undocumented immigrants who have resided in the country peacefully for many years.
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