President Donald Trump on Tuesday promised to introduce a new plan to legalize about 700,000 immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children if the Supreme Court decides to uphold his repeal of an Obama-era program known as “DACA.”
Earlier this year, the president issued an executive order repealing President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which he created by executive order in 2014.
Trump and Republicans have long maintained that DACA was unconstitutional because it overrode existing federal immigration law without Congress changing the statute.
Only Congress can make laws, they argued, and presidents can either sign them or veto them.
Trump has said he wanted to make a deal with Democrats to keep immigrants affected by the program in the U.S. legally, and promised to do so again earlier Tuesday in a tweet.
“Many of the people in DACA, no longer very young, are far from ‘angels.’ Some are very tough, hardened criminals. President Obama said he had no legal right to sign order but would anyway. If Supreme Court remedies with overturn, a deal will be made with Dems for them to stay!”
The White House is currently challenging lower federal court rulings that stopped Trump from ending the program. The case is set for arguing on Tuesday.
Immigrants covered by the DACA program are often referred to as “Dreamers.”