The Trump administration is still reviewing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which grants some protections to young undocumented immigrants, White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert said Thursday.
“As soon as the president’s ready to announce the result of our policy process, he’ll do so,” Bossert, who said he has been consulted on the president’s decision on whether or not to rescind the policy, told reporters.
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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 program, which former President Barack Obama signed as an executive order in 2012.
Trump had campaigned against DACA and promised to end it if elected, but he has since waffled over whether to follow through on the pledge.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Thursday that the president still stands by his earlier statement that he would treat the young undocumented immigrants, often called Dreamers, with “heart.” But she reiterated that he had not yet made a decision about the program, despite news reports that said he’d made up his mind.