US President Donald Trump has stated his readiness to accept a deal that would see America’s “Dreamers” gain citizenship status in 10 to 12 years.
He said such a deal would lay out a pathway for the “dreamers” to achieve this adding that the about 700,000 young undocumented immigrants, who were brought into the U.S. illegally as children by their parents, should no longer worry about deportation.
“We are going to morph into it. It’s going to happen, at some point in the future, over a period of 10 to 12 years.
“I think it’s a nice thing to have the incentive of after a period of years being able to become a citizen.
“Tell them not to be concerned. We are going to solve the problem. It’s up to the Democrats but they should not be worried,” Trump said.
This is favourable news for those benefiting from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), after Trump, in September, he was scrapping it.
A district judge, however, had blocked Trump’s decision to scrap DACA and the issue may end being resolved by the Supreme Court.
Consequently, he said he might extend the March 5 date he had originally set to end the Obama-era programme, if Congress has not acted by then.
The latest approach by the White House suggests a key development in negotiations over the illegal immigrants.
The impasse on what to do with the immigrants played a pivotal role in the shutting down and subsequent re-opening of the government between Saturday and Monday.
Democrats unsuccessfully sought to tie a solution to the DACA issue to a stop-gap measure to fund the federal government, but Republicans rejected the effort, leading to a shutdown.
The government shutdown was reversed after Senate’s Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Congress would aim to negotiate an immigration agreement by Feb. 8.