Donald Trump is softening his stance on DREAMers - young undocumented immigrants granted work permits through DACA - and, now says he's "going to working something out" with them.
Approximately 740,000 DREAMers received deportation relief and work permits by President Obama through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. But, since Donald Trump's surprise victory in November, many young immigrants who do no have formal legal status have been facing an uncertain future under a Trump Administration.
In an interview with Time magazine announcing him as "Person of the Year," Trump signaled that he could find a way to accommodate the Dreamers, but did not go into specifics.
"We’re going to work something out that’s going to make people happy and proud,” Trump told Time magazine. “They got brought here at a very young age, they’ve worked here, they’ve gone to school here. Some were good students. Some have wonderful jobs. And they’re in never-never land because they don’t know what’s going to happen.” Tweet This!
In his interview, he makes it clear that he does not plan to back off his promise to repeal Obama's DACA program. Without details, however, it's difficult to predict what type of policy Trump would support once he is in office and has power over the issue.
His selection of Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) for attorney general is also troubling for many immigrant and community advocates. Sessions is a strong opponent not only of DACA, but also of legalizing those who are currently in the United States illegally.
In Congress, a bipartisan group of senators is currently working on a bill that would help DACA holders maintain their legal status and other benefits should President-Elect Trump follow through on his pledge to repeal DACA.
Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois), one of the members leading the bipartisan effort, said last week that more details of the plan could be rolled out at the end of this week.
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