Trump promises to approve immigration reform based on "merits"

Trump did not reveal details about the initiative or the challenges that an executive order to change the immigration system, which is the responsibility of the United States Congress, would face.

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The President of the United States, Donald Trump, said on Friday that he will approve an immigration reform through an executive order based on "merits", which will give students known as "dreamers" a path to citizenship.

Donald Trump's statements were made in an interview with the television station Telemundo.

The Republican, who visited Miami on Friday and met with the Cuban and Venezuelan community, told journalist José Diaz Balart that he would approve this reform by executive order, although he also indicated that it would be "a major bill".

Trump did not reveal details about the initiative or the challenges that an executive order to change the immigration system, which is the responsibility of the United States Congress, would face.

The last time that a migration reform came close to becoming a reality in the US Congress was in 2013, during the Barack Obama Administration (2009-2017).

On that occasion, a bipartisan bill passed the Senate and was blocked in the then Republican House of Representatives, due to the reluctance of Conservative Chamber President John Boehner to take him to a vote.

Trump's announcement comes three weeks after the defeat of the Republican candidate in the U.S. Supreme Court, which prevented him from eliminating the Deferred Action Program for Child Arrivals (DACA), which protects undocumented youth, known as "dreamers," from deportation .

The decision implies that the Government allows the renewal of authorizations for about 650.000 immigrants covered by the DACA, created through an executive order in 2012, by then President Obama.

"I'm taking over DACA," Trump told Telemundo. “DACA will be fine, in the coming weeks I will sign a large executive order on immigration and I will include DACA. The Supreme Court has empowered me to do so, it will be part of a great law on merits, it will include DACA and people will be very happy, ”said the President of the USA.

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