First daughter and presidential adviser Ivanka Trump is calling for a long-term fix for participants in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program that protects immigrants brought to the country without legal permission as children.
"I think that this is a very complicated issue that needs a long-term, congressional fix," Trump said Monday at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit.
"I personally am of the opinion, and the president has stated this, that we have to figure out a good solution that protects these innocent people, many of whom were brought to this country as children," she continued.
"But there has to be a long-term fix, and it cannot be bandaged over at a presidential level through another executive order that can be rescinded by a subsequent administration."
She went on to call for comprehensive immigration reform, citing what she called a "flawed" system in the U.S.
"I think that is the right approach because our system is flawed, and it is not equipped to handle the challenges," she said.
Trump's comments come after the White House announced its new "immigration principles and policies." The outline calls for resources to hire thousands of additional immigration officers, as well as more resources to catch individuals residing in the country illegally. It also urged a transition to a merit-based immigration system that limits chain migration to spouses and children.
"These findings outline reforms that must be included as part of any legislation addressing the status of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients," President Trump said in a statement on Sunday.
"Without these reforms, illegal immigration and chain migration, which severely and unfairly burden American workers and taxpayers, will continue without end."
The president announced that he would roll back the Obama-era program, but has expressed a desire to pursue a legislative solution.