Trump: Very big immigration bill is in the works

US President Donald Trump has said that his administration is working on an executive order to establish a merit-based immigration system. This new order which is likely to come within the next month that will introduce new measures to protect “Dreamers” — people who were brought to the United States as children by undocumented parents.

In an interview to Telemundo, a North American Spanish media outfit, Trump said, “You have breaking news. I am gonna do a big executive order — I have the power to do it as president. I am going to make Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) a part of it.” He said that the Supreme Court’s DACA decision has granted him “tremendous powers” that would allow him to sign an executive order granting DACA recipients “a road to citizenship”.

Trump blamed Democrats from walking away from a deal on DACA and said the Supreme Court’s decision last month blocking his administration’s plan to end the Obama-era programme gave him “tremendous power”.

The White House attempted to clarify Trump’s remarks a short time after the interview aired, saying any immigration deal would not include amnesty. The statement said “As the president announced today, he is working on an executive order to establish a merit-based immigration system to further protect US workers”

However, it is unclear whether the president can unilaterally grant a category of undocumented immigrants — DACA beneficiaries — permanent legal status with a road to citizenship.

Only recently the Trump administration suspended H-1B (high-skilled workers), H-4 (spouses of H-1Bs), L-1 (intra-company transfers) visas, among others, until the end of 2020. International students on F1 and M1 visa also stand to be deported unless their colleges hold a few in-person classes. US universities had moved to online classes in spring and summer semesters after the outbreak of the corona pandemic.

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