President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump stands to win big on tax reform, but a trade war with Canada could change everything Tillerson on North Korea: 'Our goal is not regime change' WATCH LIVE: Trump speaks at NRA forum MORE says he is "going to work something out" for undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.
"They got brought here at a very young age, they’ve worked here, they’ve gone to school here. Some were good students. Some have wonderful jobs. And they’re in never-never land because they don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Time said Trump did not back off his pledge to end President Obama’s executive orders, which include the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
DACA grants a two-year renewable work permit to its recipients — often called “Dreamers” in reference to the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act — in addition to deferring any deportation actions related strictly to immigration violations.
A group of House Democrats petitioned Obama last month to pardon Dreamers for immigration violations.
California Reps. Zoe Lofgren and Lucille Roybal-Allard and Illinois Rep. Luis Gutiérrez said it is Obama’s “responsibility” to protect Dreamers from potential immigration enforcement measures from the Trump administration.
“We urge you to exercise your Constitutional authority to provide pardons to DREAMers both retroactively and prospectively,” they said in a letter to Obama.
Trump has repeatedly promised to deport illegal immigrants and better enforce security at U.S. borders.
The president-elect told CBS’s “60 Minutes” in November that his first move on immigration will be to deport 2 million to 3 million criminal undocumented immigrants.