President-elect Donald Trump appears to have softened his stance on whether to deport the more than 700,000 people who entered the country illegally as children and were permitted to stay by President Obama, the New York Times reports.
“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.” The immigrants, who call themselves Dreamers, are likely to present Trump with one of the first major policy tests.
Trump did not go into specifics or say whether he would reverse his promise to overturn Obama’s executive actions, including the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which has shielded immigrants brought to the country illegally as children. Undoing Obama’s protections for Dreamers would be one of the simplest moves Mr. Trump could take on immigration.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel yesterday presented Trump with a letter signed by 14 mayors who agree that Dreamers should be allowed to remain in the country. “They were working hard toward the American dream,” Emanuel said. “We should embrace them rather than do a bait and switch.”