US President Donald Trump is working on establishing a merit-based immigration system, according to the White House. This new policy could also include a way toward citizenship for children of undocumented immigrants, but it does not include amnesty.
“The President has long said he is willing to work with the Congress on a negotiated legislative solution to the DACA,” the White House said. “One that could include citizenship, along with strong border security and permanent merit-based reforms. This does not include amnesty.”
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an immigration policy that protects people who were brought to the US as children by their undocumented parents from deportation and provides them with work permits. There are approximately 644,000 people enrolled in the DACA, which was established by former US President, Barack Obama, but it is estimated to affect as many as 7 million.
Last month, the US Supreme Court overruled Trump’s attempt to end the program.
The White House announcement was issued shortly after Trump claimed on the Spanish-language news channel, Telemundo, that his new immigration policy is going to be “a very big bill, a very good bill, and a merit-based bill and it will include the DACA, and I think people are going to be very happy.”
On Telemundo, the US President also said that the bill offers a “road to citizenship” for recipients of DACA, which have been dubbed as “Dreamers”.
Immigration in the US is one of the major points of Trump’s election campaigns. Many of his immigration policies have often been met with criticism, however.
Just last week, the Trump administration passed a law which could force international students to return to their countries if their classes are held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In late June, he signed an executive order to suspend temporary work visas, such as the H-1B visa for highly-skilled workers, H-2 visas for seasonal workers, L-1 visas for intracompany managers or executives and J-1 visas for scholars and professors.