(National Sentinel) Immigration Reform: President Donald J. Trump appeared to soften his tone toward so-called “Dreamers” on Wednesday, suggesting to reporters that he would back a plan that would allow some of them to “morph” into citizens over a period of years.
“We’re going to morph into it, it’s going to happen over a period of 10-12 years,” Trump said, when asked if an immigration deal will include a pathway to citizenship for the illegal immigrants previously covered under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) amnesty program.
“If somebody’s worked hard, if they’ve done a great job, it gives you an incentive to do a great job,” Trump said. “They’ve worked hard, They’ve done terrifically, whether they have a little company, or whether they work, whatever they’re doing, if they done a great job, I think it’s a nice thing to have the incentive after a period of time to become a citizen.”
Trump signed an executive order in September countermanding President Obama’s EO establishing the program. He gave Congress six months to come up with a legislative fix.
Reports have said that a bipartisan Senate plan to offer full citizenship to DACA recipients on a much quicker timeframe that also did not include enough concrete border security measures was rejected out-of-hand by the president.
Trump said when he signed his order last fall that he empathized with DACA Dreamers, but that Congress should have been permitted to address the issue via legislation, not through presidential executive action.
Obama’s EO was set to be challenged by nearly a dozen states as unconstitutional before Trump ended the program.
A federal judge in the liberal Ninth Circuit has since issued a stay, banning Trump’s order from taking effect until lawsuits aimed at keeping DACA in place work their way through federal courts.
“Terming the government’s decision to end DACA ‘arbitrary and capricious’ and based on a flawed legal premise, Judge William Alsup ordered that the program must continue to renew applications from those previously covered until lawsuits regarding those affected are resolved, even though new applications for Dreamer status did not have to be processed,” Jurist reported.
But on Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court granted the Department of Justice’s request for an expedited review of the lower court’s order.
As for Trump’s overall approach to immigration, reform advocates have praised his administration’s ongoing efforts to crack down on others in the country illegally and to rein in sanctuary cities.
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