In an interview with Time magazine, president-elect Donald Trump shocked the media, and his supporters, when he announced he would seek an amnesty deal for nearly one million illegal aliens.
Known as “Dreamers,” they are illegal aliens brought to the United States when they were children. 740,000 of them were given a temporary reprieve from deportation and access to government benefits through an Obama Executive Order. Dreamers feared Trump would overturn that Order and force their deportation.
But Trump now tells Time he may seek to extend Obama’s amnesty plan.
“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,” Trump said.
“We’re going to work something out that’s going to make people happy and proud,” said Trump.
Trump had previously promised to support amnesty for Dreamers.
In 2013 Dreamers met with Trump, seeking to enlist his support as both a business leader and TV celebrity.
Meeting with him in his Trump Tower offices, Trump agreed to back amnesty for the 740,000 illegals, telling them “you’ve convinced me.”
“You know, the truth is I have a lot of illegals working for me in Miami,” Trump said.
He then posed for photographs with some of the illegals.
Trump did not elaborate on the specifics of what may go into his Dreamer amnesty proposal.
His vice president-elect, Mike Pence, is working with House Speaker Paul Ryan on a larger immigration plan. Ryan supported amnesty plans in 2002, 2006 and 2009, and in 2005 Pence drafted an immigration bill that allowed illegals to get work permits and stay in the United States.