DHS Secretary: Immigration plan could include citizenship for DREAMers

The secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said recently the White House is open to discussing a pathway to citizenship for nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants, according to the Associated Press.

The 800,000 young undocumented immigrants are part of a program started by President Barack Obama in 2012 called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA for short. Those within the program are commonly referred to as DREAMers, after the DREAM Act that would create a legislative fix to keep those young immigrants in the United States.

The DACA program allowed these immigrants to legally work in the United States while avoiding deportation proceedings.

Just recently DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said President Donald Trump would consider any legislation passed by Congress while she noted that some lawmakers wanted a pathway to citizenship for these young immigrants.

Trump ended the DACA program in September of 2017 and gave Congress until March 2018 to come up with a legislative solution that would be permanent.

Trump has recently tweeted his frustrations with the Democratic Party saying they have done nothing for DACA.

The president has also talked about and Nielsen reiterated the fact Trump wants funding for a border wall included in any DACA fix. Another priority is closing “loopholes” on other immigration issues from asylum claims to law enforcement cooperation with federal authorities.

“I remain optimistic. You have to be,” Nielsen said. “It’s very important. The American people have said they wanted it. I think we should find common ground. The devil’s in the detail.”

The Associated Press reports Nielsen said she would meet with administration officials and Congressional leaders to discuss potential deals regarding immigration.

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