Thursday, December 8, 2016

Trump Appears to Soften on Deporting Thousands of Young Immigrants


Amy Chozick in the New York Times reports that President-Elect Donald Trump may be softening his position with respect to the treatment of recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals relief, which he harshly criticized  in the presidential campaign.  Trump frequently claimed that President Obama's executive actions on deferred action were unlawful. 

 “We’re going to work something out that’s going to make people happy and proud,” Mr. Trump told Time magazine. (Time recently named Trump its "Person of the Year").  “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 Dreamers, are likely to present Mr. Trump with a major policy test for his administration.

In the Time interview, part of the magazine’s naming of Mr. Trump its person of the year, the president-elect did not go into specifics or say whether he would reverse his promise to overturn Mr. Obama’s executive actions.

Many DACA recipients have feared what a Trump administration might do to DACA.  Among the possibilities:  "He could withdraw the president’s executive order and let Congress address the young immigrants legislatively, which several lawmakers crave to do next year. Or Mr. Trump could do nothing, leaving the order in place.'

At a meeting between the president-elect and Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago on Wednesday, Emanuel also said that he had presented Mr. 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,” Mr. Emanuel said. “We should embrace them rather than do a bait and switch.” 


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