Trump Says Exec Order Will Include ‘Road To Citizenship’ For DACA Recipients

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Trump Says Exec Order Will Include ‘Road To Citizenship’ For DACA Recipients

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DACA demonstrators stand outside the US Supreme Court on June 15, 2020. (Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images)

By Cathy Burke    |   Friday, 10 July 2020 07:24 PM

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President Donald Trump said Friday he’ll sign an executive order on immigration within the next month that’ll include a “road to citizenship” for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients.

In an interview with Telemundo anchor Jose Díaz-Balart, Trump blamed Democrats for walking away from a deal on DACA — and claimed the Supreme Court’s decision to block the plan ending the Obama-era program gave him “tremendous power.”

“The deal was done,” he told Díaz-Balart. “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.”

But it’s unclear if the president can grant a category of undocumented immigrants like those in the DACA program permanent legal status with a road to citizenship, The Hill reported.

When President Barack Obama created the program in 2012, he was criticized for executive overreach. After Trump rescinded that memo in 2017, he gave Congress six months to pass a statutory replacement — sparking a flurry of legislative activity that ultimately ended in a deadlock, The Hill noted.

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