President Trump on Thursday tweeted that immigrants covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program have “nothing to worry about” until the program ends.
For all of those (DACA) that are concerned about your status during the 6 month period, you have nothing to worry about - No action!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 7, 2017
NBC News on Thursday reported that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told colleagues she asked Trump to make the future more clear for DACA recipients.
Pelosi urged Trump to let so-called “Dreamers” know they would not be subjected to deportation during the next six months.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday announced that Trump’s administration would gradually phase out DACA.
“The program known as DACA that was effectuated under the Obama administration is being rescinded,” he said in a televised statement.
Trump released a written statement the same day characterizing former President Barack Obama’s implementation of DACA in 2012 as an overreach of presidential power.
“There can be no path to principled immigration reform if the executive branch is able to rewrite or nullify federal laws at will,” he said.
“As I’ve said before, we will resolve the DACA issue with heart and compassion – but through the lawful Democratic process – while at the same time ensuring that any immigration reform we adopt provides enduring benefits for the American citizens we were elected to serve,” Trump added.
“Our first and highest priority in advancing immigration reform must be to improve jobs, wages and security for American workers and their families.”
DACA recipients are immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, with some having since become young adults after the program’s inception in 2012.
The program lets those who have passed a background check and paid a deferral fee get a work permit and avoid deportation.
Approximately 800,000 people have received DACA benefits since the program’s start in 2012, and it remains unclear what will happen to “Dreamers” once the program expires.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Thursday said he hoped to see compromise immigration reform combining border security measures and protections for child-aged undocumented immigrants.
“I’m going to put a consensus plan on the floor, because I want members of Congress in both parties to talk to each other and find consensus on this issue,” he told The New York Times when asked if he would put the DACA initiative to a vote.
“It is only reasonable that while fixing this serious real problem, we also try to address the root cause of that problem,” Ryan added. “And that is border security. That is where I think the consensus lies.”