PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP has told US Senate leaders he intends to “do everything I can” to keep the Dreamers protected from deportation, saying that the Obama administration has failed to provide a plan for their removal.
In an interview with Fox News, Trump said the president was “not doing anything for the Dreamer population”.
The White House has been reluctant to confirm what it calls the “status quo” on Dreamers, who have lived in the United States since they were children.
But it has said that any changes will take place through Congress and that it is “not going to let up” on its campaign to protect Dreamers.
But, in an interview on Thursday, the president told Fox News host Neil Cavuto that the Dream Act “is one of the most important things that has ever happened for Dreamers”.
“I will be doing everything I possibly can to help them and get them back,” Trump said.
“The fact that it’s still in effect is one of my biggest regrets.”
Trump told Cavuto the Dream Acts “is a big part of what I do” because “I think it’s a very important thing that the American people need”.
But he added that he believes “there are people who are going to have a hard time getting back” if the legislation is passed.
Trump said the Dream legislation “should be passed and the Dreaming Act should be passed” as he outlined his strategy to protect the Dream and the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country.
But it is unclear what Trump plans to do to protect undocumented immigrants living in the US illegally, who comprise a significant part of the Dream cohort.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday defended Trump’s plans to protect DACA recipients.
“President Trump is a strong supporter of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and believes that it has provided critical support to many families, including many young families who were the victims of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants,” she said.
She added that “President Trump believes that the current administration is failing to meet its commitment to provide the Dream Dreamers with the security, opportunities, and protections that are afforded to all other Americans.”
“This Administration will not allow DACA recipients to be victims of any criminal activity, regardless of who they are or where they came from,” she added.
A senior administration official told ABC News the administration was “trying to come up with a plan that works for Dream recipients, not only for the DACA program, but for any other immigration program”.
“We will continue to work with Congress to fix the Dream Deferred Actions, but we will not stop protecting the Dream,” the official said.
Trump has faced criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike for not doing enough to protect illegal immigrants.
The president has been widely criticised for not providing the Dream Law protections, which would have allowed them to stay in the USA, while also making it harder for them to find work.
“We are a nation of laws, and we need to enforce the laws that we’ve passed,” Trump told CBS News on Friday.
“But when you look at DACA, we’re not enforcing it.
We’re not doing anything.
I will do everything I possible can to protect them.
That’s the truth.”
Trump also faced questions from Republican lawmakers about how the Dream Accords are being enforced.
They have come under renewed scrutiny since a court last month struck down the Obama-era program, saying it violated the rights of Dreamers who were brought to the country illegally as children.
Trump’s administration said on Friday that the administration will defend the Dream Bill as long as it is in place.
“I believe DACA is an important program for the people of this country,” Trump spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sarsour said.
DACA is important to our country.””
It is the best program for people who came here illegally.
DACA is important to our country.”
A spokesperson for US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Trump “needs to work for his own benefit.
The Dream Act is an integral part of that effort.””
He needs to be working for his benefit.
He needs to take advantage of the work he is doing to keep these kids in the American Dream,” Schumer told reporters.
“He is not doing that.
He is not being responsive.
He does not want to do that.”
The Senate is expected to vote on legislation that would protect Dreamer recipients and also offer work permits for some of the immigrants.