President Donald Trump said he is working on the complexities of an executive order that would include immigrants covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals [DACA], known as “Dreamers.”
President Trump announced on the same occasion that he will also “sign a major immigration bill” on the Telemundo television network on July 10.
The solution for the Dreamers would extend to some 750,000 people who would be given temporary legalization in the United States and a path to citizenship.
Trump also denied that he was interested in deporting them, but rather that he cared about the Dreamers and that he had reached an agreement with the Democrats two years ago, but that they had broken it for no reason and now refused to discuss it.
White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere reiterated some of the points made by Trump in the interview, trying to give clarity.
“The president has long said he is willing to work with Congress on a negotiated legislative solution to DACA, one that could include citizenship, along with strong border security and permanent merit-based reforms,” Deere said, according to Politico.
As a precedent, in 2012 President Barack Obama promised illegal immigrants under 30 years of age that they would not be deported and that they would have work permits, access to Social Security, and other government benefits, bypassing Congress, and knowing the unconstitutionality of this action.
Previously, Obama had stated, “Immigrant advocates would want me to skip Congress and change the law myself, but that’s not how democracy works,” according to the Heritage Foundation.
Some 54,000 of these immigrants already had criminal records when they applied for the program, of which 17,000 had been arrested more than once on criminal charges and 8,000 were rearrested after receiving benefits from the program, according to data from the U.S. Center for Immigration Studies, USCIS.