In a Friday interview with Telemundo, President Trump revealed that he will be signing an executive order on immigration which would include a “road to citizenship” for recipients of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Speaking with anchor José Díaz-Balart, Trump slammed Democrats for nuking a DACA deal, but that the Supreme Court’s June decision blocking his plan to end the program gave him “tremendous power” to move forward on an executive order, according to The Hill.
“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,” said Trump.
When asked “Is that an executive order?”, Trump replied “I’m going to do a big executive order. I have the power to do it as president and I’m going to make DACA a part of it.“
“But, we put it in, and we’ll probably going to then be taking it out. 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.”
Díaz-Balart then asked if the executive order would be temporary, to which Trump replied that the DACA path to citizenship would be “part of a much bigger bill on immigration.”
“It’s going to be a very big bill, a very good bill, and merit-based bill and it will include DACA, and I think people are going to be very happy,” said Trump, adding “But one of the aspects of the bill is going to be DACA. We’re going to have a road to citizenship.“
Trump: “One of the aspects of the bill is going to be DACA. We are going to have a road to citizenship.” pic.twitter.com/M926cty8A1
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) July 10, 2020
Needless to say, much of Trump’s base might might not be ‘very happy’ about the plan.
Start your stopwatches for the “clarification” https://t.co/qi4PTd7nJT
— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) July 10, 2020
Y’all screamed at me weeks ago when I confirmed @EmeraldRobinson’s reporting on this plan.
— Cernovich (@Cernovich) July 10, 2020