The president was asked about Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly's comments to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that President Obama's amnesty for illegal immigrants who arrived as minors, DACA, might be terminated due to legal challenges from Republican states.
It was the second meeting between Kelly and the CHC, which peppered the secretary about Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer requests, removal of undocumented immigrants who have served in the USA military and the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Officials in Texas and 10 other states recently sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatening to sue the federal government if the DACA program is not rescinded by September 5, according to The Post.
"I told him we would invite him to a press conference in support of DACA legislation, and he said that he would consider it", she said to reporters. "If you're going to count on Jeff Sessions to save DACA, then DACA is ended". "I really understand the situation now", he said.
Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One en route to France, Mr. Trump was asked about the 2012 program known as DACA, which is now protecting some 780,000 young adult illegal immigrants.
The Trump administration has moved to implement numerous president's chief campaign promises on immigration, including curtailing refugee arrivals, temporarily banning certain travelers from six Muslim-majority countries and detaining and deporting illegal immigrants.
Kelly would not tell Hispanic lawmakers whether the Trump administration would defend the Obama-era DACA program, prompting an angry response from CHC members who attended the closed-door meeting, a congressional aide said.
Lapan said Kelly has not made a decision about Haiti or the Central American nations, but he has signaled that the protections could end.