Trump tells young immigrants in US illegally to 'rest easy'

Posted April 23, 2017

In a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press, President Trump said his administration was "not after the dreamers, we are after the criminals".

"But I think they're going to end up being very happy", he told Earhardt.

The children of undocumented immigrants, or "dreamers" as they are called, say they are anxious Trump may end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and are fearful of increased deportation efforts.

The children of undocumented immigrants, or "dreamers" as they are called, say they are anxious President Donald Trump may end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and are fearful of increased deportation efforts. They've been dubbed "dreamers". I'll give you that. As of December, about 770,000 young immigrants had been approved for the programme. US officials have promised to speed up and widen deportations, and threatened local governments that don't cooperate with federal immigration agents. The French election is being seen as a bellwether for whether the move toward nationalism and separation from the European Union, displayed by Britain's move to leave the EU, will continue spreading to other European countries.

Now, Judge Curiel is tasked with hearing the case of Juan Manuel Montes, the first Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient to be detained and deported to Mexico by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents.

In February, Trump told reporters, "DACA is a very, very hard subject for me", and he has since mentioned that he plans to deal with the issue with "great heart".

While Trump has been telegraphing this shifting position on "Dreamers" since he assumed the presidency, he sang an entirely different tune when he was candidate Trump.

In a statement to the Los Angeles Times, Montes said that he was walking to a taxi in Calexico, California, when CBP officials approached him.

Marielena Hincapie, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, which is representing Montes, said Trump was trying to have it both ways.

According to Politico's report, Montes lost his DACA status because he left the US without seeking prior approval, which is a violation of the terms of the program. The young people who benefit are called dreamers because the program mimics versions of the so-called DREAM Act, which would have provided legal status for young immigrants but was never passed by Congress. A month later, he called the program "a very hard thing for me as I love these kids".

"In a weird way it does put my mind at ease because at least there is something to bring forward if he were to change his mind", said Robles, who works at a real estate development company. In some of the cases they're having DACA and they're gang members and they're drug dealers too.

He said "elections have consequences" and that "we want wall funding" as part of the spending package.