Top Senate Republicans are optimistic about the chances of working out a deal with President-elect Trump to protect so-called “Dreamers,” or people who were illegally brought to the United States as children and allowed to remain under President Obama’s executive action that deferred the threat of deportation.
In an interview with Time magazine last week, Trump softened his rhetoric on the issue and said he wants to “work something out” for at least 740,000 Dreamers who have gotten deportation reprieves and work permits since President Obama introduced his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive action in 2012. House Speaker Paul Ryan echoed his remarks, and said there would not be an “ugly disruption” for them.
Those comments have made Senate Republicans optimistic that some agreement can be reached, especially after Trump’s hardline position on illegal immigrants during the campaign.
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