White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters on Friday afternoon that a decision on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, will be announced on Tuesday.
"We are in the process of finalizing that decision and those details and we'll announce that on Tuesday," she said.
President Trump says he will announce the future of the controversial Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program either Friday afternoon or later this weekend.
DACA has allowed nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children a reprieve from deportation and a work permit that’s renewable every two years.
“Sometime today, or over the weekend we’ll have a decision,” Trump said Friday at the White House when asked about the program’s fate. “We’ll issue it sometime over the weekend, maybe this afternoon.”
Trump added that so-called “Dreamers” – people who receive DACA – should not be worried about the initiative’s future.
“We love Dreamers, we love everybody,” he said of those enrolled in the program stated by former President Barack Obama’s administration.
Trump was signing a proclamation declaring Sunday a national day of prayer for the victims of Tropical Depression Harvey.
Multiple Republican state lawmakers are trying to force Trump into action on DACA, which they contend was an act of executive overreach from Obama.
A group of 10 states, led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) has vowed to challenge the program’s legality in court unless Trump scraps it by Sept. 5.
Several major Republicans have cautioned Trump against ending DACA despite maintaining Obama exceeded his powers when implementing the program.
Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Friday, for example, told WCLO, a radio station in Janesville, Wisconsin, that he does not believe Trump should end DACA.
“I actually don’t think we should do that,” he said. “This is something that Congress has to Fix.”
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said in a statement Friday, meanwhile, that he has “urged” Trump not to eliminate DACA.
“[It protects] individuals who entered our country unlawfully as children through no fault of their own and who have built their lives here,” he said.
Trump called DACA illegal “amnesty” during his 2016 presidential campaign, and he frequently pledged to crack down on illegal immigration in general last year.
Critics say removing DACA entirely would leave Dreamers vulnerable to deportation, and some say that federal immigration enforcement officials may use their applications against them.