Washington , July 11:
US President Donald Trump is working on an executive order to establish a merit-based immigration system, the White House has said.
The White House statement came soon after Trump, in an interview with Telemundo News channel, said he is working on an executive order on immigration that will include a “road to citizenship” for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme.
Responding to a question, Trump said his action on the DACA is going to be part of a much bigger bill on immigration.
“It’s going to be a very big bill, a very good bill, and a merit-based bill and it will include DACA, and I think people are going to be very happy,” the president.
“One of the aspects of the bill is going to be DACA. We’re going to have a road to citizenship,” Trump said, drawing sharp criticism from quarters in his camp. Senator Ted Cruz described the move as a mistake.
Furthermore, the president has long said he is willing to work with the Congress on a negotiated legislative solution to DACA, one that could include citizenship, along with strong border security and permanent merit-based reforms, the White House said.
This does not include amnesty. Unfortunately, Democrats have continually refused these offers as they are opposed to anything other than totally open borders, said the White House in a statement.
During the interview, Trump alleged the Opposition broke the deal with him on the DACA.