Strong on borders, it will also take care of 700,000 dreamers.
A day after rescinding his order barring foreign students taking online-only classes under snowballing pressure from universities, Silicon Valley and 20 states, President Donald Trump has again promised merit-based immigration action â€˜pretty soon.â€™
A â€˜greatâ€™ and â€˜very powerful immigration actâ€™ that America has been waiting for 25-30 years will be strong on the border, but would let people come in legally and also take care of the Dreamers, he said.
His â€œvery, very big merit-based immigration actionâ€ will be taken on the basis of the recent Supreme Court decision on DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), Trump said at a Rose Garden, White House press conference Tuesday.
The top Court in a recent 5-4 decision rebuffed on technical grounds,Trumpâ€™s attempts to undo the Obama era DACAÂ program that protects dreamers who came to the US without documents as children from deportation. It also allows some 700,000 dreamers, including about 4,500 South Asians to work with two-year renewable permits.
But the nine judge bench unanimously acknowledged that Trump has the legal authority to end DACA
â€œPretty soon Iâ€™m going to be signing a new immigration action â€” very, very big merit-based immigration action that, based on the DACA decision, Iâ€™ll be able to do,â€ he said.
â€œWeâ€™ll be signing a very powerful immigration act.Â Itâ€™ll be great.Â Itâ€™ll be merit-based,â€ Trump said.Â â€œThe country has tried to get it for 25 or 30 years.
â€œItâ€™ll be strong on the border, butÂ youâ€™ll be able to come in legally,â€ he said. â€œAnd very importantly, weâ€™ll be taking care of people from DACA in a very Republican way.
â€œIâ€™ve spoken to many Republicans, and some would like to leave it out, but, really, they understand that itâ€™s the right thing to do,â€ Trump said.
â€œSo weâ€™re going to be taking care of DACA.Â We will be doing for DACA what the Democrats had a chance to do and they never did it.â€
â€œWeâ€™re going to work on DACA because we want to make people happy,â€ the President said. â€œAnd Iâ€™ll tell you, even conservative Republicans want to see something happen with DACA.â€
Suggesting that the Democrats â€œused it as politics,â€ Trump said. â€œIâ€™m using it to get something done.â€
The President, however, did not say whether his reforms could include a path to citizenship for the Dreamers as a previous White House statement had indicated.
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Joe Biden vows to lift Trumpâ€™s H-1B ban if electedÂ (July 1, 2020)
US says foreign students still welcome despite new ruleÂ (July 8, 2020)
Indian students asked to stay in touch with schools regarding OPTÂ (June 18, 2020)