President Donald Trump on Friday gave assurance to immigrants who were granted amnesty under Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) that they should “rest easy” amid the administration’s efforts to intensify immigration enforcement.
President Trump said in an interview with the Associated Press that the crackdown on illegal immigration will focus on criminals and not on so-called DREAMers.
The term “DREAMer” comes from the so-called DREAM Act, which would have gradually granted legal status to illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children.
“We are after the criminals,” the president said. “That is our policy.”
The Daily Caller reports:
In December, Trump softened his tone on the program.
“We’re going to work something out that’s going to make people happy and proud,” then president-elect Trump told Time magazine in an interview. “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.”
Trump’s comments came after a lawsuit filed Tuesday alleging that a DREAMer was deported to Mexico without being given any reason.
The Department of Homeland Security said it was Juan Manuel Montes’, the man who filed the lawsuit, decision to leave the country. The 23-year-old Montes claims he was forced out of the country.