White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President Donald Trump would make a decision continuing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on Tuesday.
Watch Sanders’ briefing in the player above.
As a candidate, Trump pledged to end the program launched by President Barack Obama in 2012, which allows undocumented immigrants who enter the U.S. as children to live and work in the U.S. without fear of deportation. When asked about the program by NewsHour’s Lisa Desjardins in February, the president said “the DACA situation is a very, very — it’s a very difficult thing for me, because, you know, I love these kids,” adding he would address the issue with “great heart.”
Attorney generals from 10 states have threatened a lawsuit if Mr. Trump doesn’t end DACA — by Sept. 5. Trump told reporters Friday that a decision would come “sometime today or over the weekend.” When asked whether “Dreamers” should be worried, he responded: “We love the dreamers, we love everybody.” Later that afternoon, he said a decision would come “Saturday, Sunday, at the latest Monday.” And at the briefing, Sanders said the details of the decision were “being finalized as we speak,” and would be announced Tuesday.
Advisers like Attorney General Jeff Sessions have supported canceling the program. But Trump has received some pushback on both sides of the aisle, including from House Speaker Paul Ryan, who told a Wisconsin radio program Friday that “I actually don’t think he should do that,” speaking about speculation the president would end the program. “I believe that this is something that Congress has to fix.”
— Susan Davis (@DaviSusan) September 1, 2017
At Friday’s briefing, Sanders said Trump “loves people” and wanted to ensure he was making his decision carefully.