Trump says he’ll sign US immigration order paving ‘road to citizenship’ for DACA recipients
WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump asserted to Telemundo in a recent interview that the Supreme Court’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) decision has granted him “tremendous powers” that would allow him to sign an executive order granting DACA recipients “a road to citizenship.”
“You have breaking news, ” Trump said during his interview with Telemundo reporter Jose Diaz Balart on Friday. “I’m gonna do a big executive order – I have the power to do it as president – and I’m going to make DACA a part of it.”
“If you look at the Supreme Court ruling [on DACA], they gave the president tremendous powers … based on the powers that they gave, I’m going to be doing an immigration bill. One of the aspects of the bill … will be DACA – we’ll give them a road to citizenship,” he said.
Balart attempted to get clarity from the US president, who stated he would be signing a bill, and then said he would be signing an executive order regarding immigration.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) took to Twitter within an hour of Trump’s comments and argued “there is ZERO constitutional authority for a President to create a ‘road to citizenship’ by executive fiat.”
“You seem laser-focused on deporting DACA,” Balart told the president at one point in the interview, as reported by Raw Story.
“Yeah,” Trump responded. “I’m not. I’m not. I’m taking care of DACA.”
The US president’s Friday statements on the Supreme Court’s ruling come counter to his previous statements regarding the June 18 decision, which blocked Trump’s attempt to end DACA, a program that has offered protection from deportation for up to 700,000 migrants.
“These horrible & politically charged decisions coming out of the Supreme Court are shotgun blasts into the face of people that are proud to call themselves Republicans or Conservatives,” he argued at the time.