'I have a great heart'
Trump assures everyone he has 'a great love' for DREAMers — hours after he ends DACA
Hours after the Trump administration announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, President Trump insisted that he has "a great love" for the people who were protected under DACA. "I have a great heart for the folks we are talking about," Trump told reporters Tuesday at the White House before a meeting on tax reform.
Trump also made a point to note that while people typically "think in terms of children" when they're talking about DREAMers — those who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children and are protected under DACA — they are "really young adults." Regardless, Trump said he hopes Congress "will be able to help" those young adults with a legislative solution after he ends the program protecting them.
The Trump administration has decided to partially delay the process of rescinding DACA to let Congress address the issue first. "I can tell you, in speaking to members of Congress, they want to be able to do something and do it right. And really we have no choice, we have to be able to do something, and I think it's going to work out very well, and long term it's going to be the right solution," Trump said.
Catch his remarks below. Becca Stanek