“I want Dreamers for our children also,” Trump told Time. “We’re going to work something out. On a humanitarian basis it’s a very tough situation. We’re going to work something out that’s going to make people happy and proud. But that’s a very tough situation.”
Some Democrats are pushing for Obama to pardon DACA recipients or to pass an Executive Order to prevent future presidents from using DACA information for deportations. Still, Trump could easily rescind any Executive Order.
Trump's main focus remains "strong borders" and building a wall, while also acknowledging the need for immigrant workers. It seems that Trump wants workers, who will be "good for all of us," i.e. compliant, but he does not want "illegals." What will this look like? How will Trump address immigration reform? Does this language express concern for DREAMers?
On December 7th, Trump met with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who urged him to extend DACA while delivering a letter from several mayors of major cities across the US supporting this request. In the letter, mayors expressed that, “ending DACA would disrupt the lives of close to one million young people, and it would disrupt the American economy, as well as our national security and public safety.”
Universities across the country are urging DACAmented students to return from international travel before Trump's inauguration. California's public universities are making a public announcement to students studying abroad to also return before Jan 20th. If Trump does make good on his plans to rescind DACA, then students could have a difficult, if not impossible time returning to the US.