President Donald Trump on Thursday reassured so-called Dreamers concerned about their status over the next six months, tweeting that they “have nothing to worry about.”
The Trump administration this week rescinded former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which offered protections to thousands of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. But the rescission won’t kick in until March, giving Congress six months to find a legislative solution.
“For all of those (DACA) that are concerned about your status during the 6 month period, you have nothing to worry about – No action!” the president wrote.
The fate of DACA recipients, however, isn’t immediately clear. How to move forward is a divisive issue among Republicans, and the president has asked Congress not only to act on DACA but also to pursue “responsible immigration reform.”
Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One on Wednesday, Trump cast DACA legislation as a bipartisan issue that has support from Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi and “even very conservative members of Congress.”
“Chuck and Nancy would like to see something happen, and so do I,” the president said, adding that he would like to have “a great DACA transaction where everybody is happy and now they don’t have to worry about it anymore.”