Sunday, July 12, 2020

Trump wavers on DACA: first says he will sign executive order that might include road to citizenship, then WH recants

One week after President Trump was expected to re-initate a rescission of DACA, President Trump has announced in a media interview that he is planning to include a major immigration measure and planned to include DACA, The Hill reports. Meet the Press, NBC News, and the Washington Post reported his plan to move forward on DACA. NPR noted the wavering.

It is unclear what means he expects to use to secure DACA, which he rescinded in 2017. He explained to Telemundo that had wanted to work with Democrats in Congress and the Supreme Court's decision last month blocking his administration's plan to end the Obama-era program gave him "trtemendous power." He went on: "The deal was done. DACA is going to be just fine. We’re putting it in. It's going to be just fine. And I am going to be, over the next few weeks, signing an immigration bill that a lot of people don't know about. You have breaking news, but I'm signing a big immigration bill." When the reporter sought to clarify: "is that an executive order?" he said yes and then elaborated: "We're working out the legal complexities right now, but I'm going to be signing a very major immigration bill as an executive order, which Supreme Court now, because of the DACA decision, has given me the power to do that." 

It also unclear what the scope of the executive order or bill will be. When asked what the executive order would say, he said that it would go beyond the original DACA program and include a "road to citizenship." However, he said twice in the interview "We put it in, and we'll probably going to then be taking it out."

As a legal matter, Congress alone has the power to enact a path to citizenship. As a political matter, conservatives opposition in response to his announcement of the possibility of a road to citizenship led the White House to roll back his promise shortly after the interview aired, saying any immigration deal would not include "amnesty."


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