U.S. President Donald Trump said he was prepared to back a deal that would provide a pathway to citizenship to America’s “Dreamer” immigrants over a period of 10 to 12 years. Trump also said the about 700,000 young undocumented immigrants, who were brought into the U.S. illegally as children by their parents, should no longer worry about deportation. “We are going to morph into it. It’s going to happen, at some point in the future, over a period of 10 to 12 years. “I think it’s a nice thing to have the incentive of after a period of years being able to become a citizen.
“Tell them not to be concerned. We are going to solve the problem. It’s up to the Democrats but they should not be worried,” Trump said. Trump said in September he was scrapping Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), throwing the future of those it covers into doubt, but delayed enforcement to give Congress until March to craft a lasting solution. A district judge, however, had blocked Trump’s decision to scrap DACA and the issue may end being resolved by the Supreme Court. Consequently, he said he might extend the March 5 date he had originally set to end the Obama-era programme, if Congress has not acted by then.
The latest approach by the White House suggested a key development in negotiations over the illegal immigrants who faced deportation as early as March. In return, Trump wants border security including the all funding, curbing extended family reunification known as “chain migration,” cancelling the green-card visa lottery, and providing a permanent solution on DACA.