After a busy weekend following his inaguration, President Trump has signed into action a series of executive orders, none of which would affect the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program that shields young, undocumented immigrants. In addition, the White House Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus, has hinted at working towards a "long-term solution on that issue."
President Donald Trump announced a series of executive actions on Monday focused on trade and the federal workforce, but made no action on his campaign promise to repeal the DACA program.
Immigration advocates and organizations have been on alert since Trump's inaguration last Friday, knowing well he could undo the DACA program and leave 740,000 young immigrants without legal status any day now.
For now, DACA continues to stand and offer deportation relief for thousands of DREAMers across the nation.
According to White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, President Trump has no immediate plans to use his executive powers to repeal DACA.
During an interview with Fox New Priebus stated that the Trump administration would work with House and Senate leaders to find a long-term solution for immigrants who now have temporary legal status under DACA:
“I think we’re going to work with the House and Senate leadership, as well as to get a long-term solution on that issue,” Priebus told “Fox News Sunday.” “I'm not going to make any commitments to you, but … I'm obviously foreshadowed there a little bit.”
Priebus nevertheless said Sunday that Trump could as early as this week sign more executive orders related to trade, national security and other aspects of U.S. immigration policy.
During his first "official" press briefing on Monday morning, White House press secretary Sean Spicer suggested that despite Trump's promise to move "immediately" against the Obama's executive actions, discontinuing the DACA program is not a top priority.
"I think the president has been clear that he is going to prioritize the areas of dealing with the immigration system, both building the wall and making sure that we address people who are in this county illegally. First and foremost, the president’s been very, very clear that we need to direct agencies to focus on those who are in this country illegally and have a record, a criminal record or pose a threat to the American people. That’s where the priority is going to be," Spicer said during his first briefing for reporters.
Spicer was vague in answering follow-up questions about plans for those who currently have DACA or may need to apply for a renewal soon.
"We’re going to continue to work through the entire number of folks that are here illegally but right now the clear focus is on" those who pose a security threat, the spokesman said.
Later in the briefing, Spicer was also vague about whether Trump plans to sign any executive action on immigration this week and indicated that the White House is waiting to see what legislation on the topic made its way through Congress.
"I don’t have anything further on the executive action front," Spicer said. "Give us a little bit of time, we ‘ll see what Congress moves forward with."
Although there was no action on DACA today and DACA renewal delays continue, the Trump Administration has signaled that the president plans to continue signing executive orders on a wide range of issues during his first 100 days in office.
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