Trump: I’ll talk to Congress about DACA deal in ‘thousands’
President Donald Trump told reporters on Wednesday that he’d be willing to meet with congressional leaders to discuss the controversial DACA program.
“We’ve been talking to the leaders, the leaders have been talking.
We’re looking at what it would take to be able to work something out,” Trump said at a White House news conference.
Trump had previously suggested he would push for an immediate end to DACA, but he did not say when or what he would propose to do.
The president’s comments come as the president faces criticism over the continued enforcement of his controversial immigration policies.
Trump has called for a crackdown on illegal immigration by “all levels of government” and said in a tweet Wednesday that Congress “will have to do the right thing and fix the Dream Act.”
Congressional Republicans have not been receptive to any legislation that would curtail or delay the DACA program, which gives undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children the right to work legally and live in the country legally.
Democrats, however, have long supported the Dreamers, calling it a critical immigration relief measure that benefits the millions of Americans who are otherwise unable to work.
“This is an issue that is very, very important to me, very, much, very hard-working Americans.
And I think it is a very, I think, very good program.
And we have a lot of friends that have done it, but I’m going to try to fix it,” Trump told the media on Tuesday.
In an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Trump again expressed support for DACA.
“It is an important program.
We have a Dream Act.
We can’t do anything about it,” he said.
“We can’t say we want to make sure everybody has a Dream and then we can’t fix the program.”
Trump has faced criticism for his administration’s approach to enforcing immigration laws, including the continued crackdown on unauthorized immigrants in detention centers.
At least 2,100 people have been detained for the first time in fiscal year 2018 and more than 1,400 have been deported since the start of the year, according to ICE.