A New Trump View of Undocumented Students?

December 8, 2016

In an interview with Time magazine for its Person of the Year cover story, President-elect Donald J. Trump offered sympathetic -- albeit nonspecific -- comments regarding the so-called DREAMers, young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

“We’re going to work something out that’s going to make people happy and proud,” the president-elect told the magazine. “They got brought here at a very young age, they’ve worked here, they’ve gone to school here. Some were good students. Some have wonderful jobs. And they’re in never-never land because they don’t know what’s going to happen.”

The Time article notes, however, that Trump "did not back off his pledge to end Obama’s executive orders" on immigration. During the campaign Trump said he would end the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, under which more than 700,000 young people -- many of them college students -- have gained temporary relief from deportation and two-year renewable work permits.

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