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White House Spokesperson Clarifies that Trump's Executive Order will not Provide Amnesty to "Dreamers"

  • A White House spokesperson has said that the planned executive order of U.S. President Donald Trump on immigration will not include amnesty for migrants, who have been living in the United States illegally but arrived in the country as children (known as ‘dreamers’). The response comes after the US President said in an interview with Spanish-language TV network Telemundo that his planned executive order would include DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a program that protects thousands of immigrants from deportation) and will involve a road to citizenship. White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement that the executive order “does not include amnesty”. The White House statement said that the concerned executive order of the US President Donald Trump would establish a merit-based immigration system. Reports say that DACA protects around 644,000 people (mostly from Hispanic immigrants born in Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador) from being deported and also provides them work permits. However, DACA doesn’t offer these immigrants a path to citizenship.