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House Speaker Ryan urges Trump to hold off on scrapping Obama-era DACA program

News Agencies | Updated on: 2 September 2017, 8:48 IST
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Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Paul Ryan has urged President Donald Trump to hold off on scrapping Obama-era DACA program as he gave a major boost to legislative efforts to preserve protections for young undocumented immigrants.

Responding to a question about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, on his hometown radio station WCLO in Janesville, Wisconsin, Ryan said Congress was working on a legislative fix to preserve the program.

"I actually don't think he should do that," CNN quoted Ryan as saying in reference to Trump's consideration of terminating the program, adding that he believes that this is something that Congress has to fix.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders has said that President Donald Trump will make a decision on whether or not to end the Obama-era DACA program on Tuesday.

"We`re in the process of finalizing that decision and those details. And we're actually going to make that announcement on Tuesday of next week. And the President's priorities on immigration are to create a system that encourages legal immigration and benefits our economy and American workers," Sanders told reporters told reporters during the White House press briefing.

"The President has been very clear: He loves people, and he wants to make sure that this decision is done correctly. And so that's what he's doing now, is finalizing that part," she added.

Sanders also dismissed a wave of recent bad polls for President Trump by saying many of those were the same polls that said Trump would never be the president.

"I think a lot of those polls are the same polls that predicted that Donald Trump would never be the president, and he's sitting in the Oval Office as I stand here," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters during the White House press briefing. "I don't have a lot of faith in a lot of those polls."

Earlier, White House Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert had said that the Trump administration is still reviewing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which grants some protections to young undocumented immigrants.

"As soon as the president's ready to announce the result of our policy process, he'll do so," Bossert said.

Sanders on Thursday said that the president still stands by his earlier statement that he would treat the young undocumented immigrants, often called Dreamers, with "heart."

The DACA program was formed through executive order by former President Barack Obama in 2012 and allows some undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children to work and live legally.

The Obama administration program, known as DACA, allows some undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children to work and live legally.

Some 800,000 people are protected under the DACA program.

Trump had campaigned against DACA and vowed to end Obama-era program if elected but has so far not made any decision about it.

-ANI

First published: 2 September 2017, 8:48 IST
 
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