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Trump Administration Reopens Door to Citizenship for Dreamers

Article author: 
Stephen Dinan, Washington Times
Article publisher: 
American Renaissance
Article date: 
October 4, 2017
Article category: 
National News
Medium
Article Body: 
Top administration officials told Congress on Tuesday that illegal [alien] immigrant Dreamers should be granted a full pathway to citizenship, seemingly contradicting President Trump who said last month that citizenship wasn’t on the table.
 
With just two days to go before the final deadline for Dreamers to renew protections under the Obama-era deportation amnesty program known as DACA, officials were on Capitol Hill to defend their handling of the situation.
 
... the Oct. 5 renewal deadline will remain in place, saying it’s up to Congress to figure out some more permanent protections.
 
Michael Dougherty, assistance Homeland Security secretary for strategy and policy, said the nearly 700,000 Dreamers currently protected by DACA have earned it.
 
“They’re a benefit to the country, as are many immigrants coming in,” he said. “They are a valuable contribution to our society. We need to regularize their status through some legal means.”...
 
But just last month Mr. Trump, explaining what he was looking for in a deal from Congress, seemed to rule out citizenship rights.
 
“We’re not looking at citizenship. We’re not looking at amnesty. We’re looking at allowing people to stay here,” Mr. Trump said after meeting with top Democratic leaders to talk about a path forward...
 

 

CAIRCO Notes
 
Not an amnesty for illegal aliens? Perhaps President Trump should dust off his dictionary.
 
We would also ask whether Dougherty was referring to illegal aliens, not immigrants.