President-elect Donald Trump says his administration will “work something out” for so-called Dreamers—young immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children—but he did not offer specifics on a potential plan.
“We’re going to work something out that’s going to make people happy and proud,” Trump said during an interview with Time magazine, part of its “Person of the Year” coverage.
His words, while vague, seem to signal a major shift in his position on this group of undocumented immigrants.
During his presidential campaign, Trump pledged to get rid of President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the executive action that grants work permits and temporary deportation reprieves for eligible immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.
More than 740,000 Dreamers are beneficiaries of DACA, federal data indicate, and all of them had to voluntarily provide sensitive information, such as names and addresses to the federal government.
A version of this article appeared in the December 14, 2016 edition of Education Week as Trump Suggests He’s Open to Solutions for ‘Dreamers’