Trump’s Planned Order on ‘Dreamers’ Will Not Include Amnesty, White House Says

U.S. President Donald Trump’s planned executive order on immigration will not include amnesty for migrants who are in the United States illegally but arrived in the country as children, a White House spokesman said on Friday.

“This does not include amnesty,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement, after Trump said in a television interview his planned order would include a road to citizenship for such immigrants, known as “Dreamers.”

In the interview with Spanish-language TV network Telemundo, Trump said his executive order would involve Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the program that protects hundreds of thousands of such immigrants from deportation.

“I’m going to do a big executive order. … And I’m going to make DACA a part of it,” Trump said. “We’re going to have a road to citizenship.”

The U.S. Supreme Court last month dealt a major setback to Trump’s hardline immigration policies, blocking his bid to end DACA, which was created in 2012 by his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama.

The ruling did not prevent Trump from trying again to end the program. But his administration may find it difficult to rescind it – and win any ensuing legal battle – before the Nov. 3 election in which he is seeking a second term in office.

The White House statement said Trump’s executive order would establish a merit-based immigration system and reiterated that Trump would work with Congress on a legislative solution that “could include citizenship, along with strong border security and permanent merit-based reforms,” but no amnesty.

Roughly 644,000 people – mostly Hispanic immigrants born in Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras – are currently enrolled in DACA, which protects them from deportation and provides them work permits. Their average age is 26. It does not offer a path to citizenship.

Trump’s remarks to Telemundo drew an immediate rebuke from his fellow Republican, Senator Ted Cruz, who wrote in a Twitter post that “it would be a HUGE mistake if Trump tries to illegally expand amnesty.”

“There is ZERO constitutional authority for a President to create a “road to citizenship” by executive fiat,” Cruz wrote.

Trump gave the interview to Telemundo as part of his outreach to Hispanic voters, who will be crucial to the outcome of his Nov. 3 election showdown with Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

(Reporting by Mohammad Zargham and Eric Beech in Washington; Writing by John Whitesides; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)


  1. Peggy, The DACA EO was issued June, 2012. The deferred action on deportation portion is renewable for 2 yr periods and the recipient must meet the required qualifications at each application. You are confusing the citizenship portion of a House bill that required a 5 year waiting requirement BEFORE the recipient could apply. BUT that never passed the Senate. Trump did agree to a Pelosi-Schumer DACA agreement—but that was Tuesday Trump and Thursday Trump took his marching orders from Stephen Miller and nixed it.

  2. ”So someone explain to me why these DACA have not applied for citizenship in the last 8 years.” Peggy

    Basically, to keep this REALLY simple for lazy people like you, they can’t.

    There are 3 LEGAL means of applying for US citizenship, none of which apply to Dreamers because they entered this country illegally.

    For them to apply for US citizenship, they must go back to their country of origin and wait for TEN YEARS before they can apply. Dreamers have almost no memory of their country of origin, most likely don’t speak their mother tongue well, and would likely struggle to survive there, let alone prosper well enough to make it feasible to want to return here.

    In other words, WE made it impossible for them to follow normal procedures. It is OUR fault.

  3. So someone explain to me why these DACA have not applied for citizenship in the last 8 years. I tend to think they want to stay Mexican citizens and thought they could just stay here as long as they wanted without giving up Mexican citizenship because — Obama said so

  4. No one wanted to touch this one? Really? I would have thought there would be immediate backlash from the regulars.

    OH it’s a republican so this is suddenly ok now. Got it.

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