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    Coming soon: Donald Trump working on a big merit-based immigration bill

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    In addition, Donald Trump said the administration is working with representatives of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program that grants undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children permissions to live and work lawfully.

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    US President Donald Trump
    Washington: US President Donald Trump said that his administration is working on what he called "a big immigration bill".

    Speaking to reporters on Friday at the White House before a trip to Florida, Trump said the bill will be "merit-based", reports Xinhua news agency.

    In addition, he said the administration is working with representatives of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program that grants undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children permissions to live and work lawfully.

    Trump made the remarks only days after his administration announced it is reviewing DACA and that it will reject new applications.

    DACA, created via an administrative memo in 2012 by the previous Barack Obama administration, previously gave recipients a renewable two-year deferral from deportation and has made them eligible for work permits, driver's licenses, and health insurance.

    Recipients of DACA, estimated to be about 700,000, are commonly called "Dreamers".

    Trump, who has made the abolishment of the program a key part of his hardline immigration policy, first announced intentions to rescind DACA in September 2017.

    During the coronavirus pandemic, Trump has ramped up moves to restrict immigration.

    Critics have argued he's using the pandemic to promote his political agenda and appeal to his voters as the November election nears.

    4 Comments on this Story

    Panneerselvam Chettiar3 days ago
    There is no question of mechanism. Because the President is elected by the people of USA by voting so I believe and it is my perception, no mechanism will work rather the elected President himself become "GOOD" for the country and its migrants.
    Sasi Kumar3 days ago
    America has a lot of money, cutting edge technology, well educated people and a good govt; but no mechanism to elect a good president!
    Bikram Suri3 days ago
    Maro Bhangiyon ki Gaan$$$ d pey lat nikalo America sey madrasiyon ko
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