Donald Trump expresses softer take on Immigration despite campaign promises
By Charleston Lim
During the United States presidential campaign, president-elect Donald J. Trump has some very concerning campaign promises which were aimed at cracking down on illegal immigrants in the country. Immigration advocates and immigrants who were already in the country with work permits and temporary visas were fearful that they would be deported should Trump keep true to his campaign rhetoric. However, Trump's latest statement seems to contradict his campaign promises as he apparently now has a softer stance towards immigration as a whole.
Amongst the biggest fears for the upcoming new administration would be the possible end to Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Under the previous administration's program, thousands of under-aged and young immigrants were given the opportunity to stay and work in the United States without worry of being deported. There was an initial fear that Trump would put a stop to the program along with more stringent rules towards illegal immigrants.
However, it seems like some of his promises may have been exaggerated as he now expressed a more lenient stance towards immigration, especially for children. While it has yet to be seen if Trump will indeed erect an impenetrable wall on the Mexican border, Trump revealed that he is quite open to working something out for immigrants who are already in the country. Trump recently revealed his stance during an interview with Time Magazine, where he was being featured as its "Person of Year."
"We're going to work something out that's going to make people happy and proud. They got brought here at a very young age; they've worked here, they've gone to school here. Some were good students. Some have wonderful jobs. And they're in never-never land because they don't know what's going to happen." Trump mentioned in the interview.
It's not yet clear what Trump's plans are as of the moment as he had neglected to provide any concrete details, but based on his statements, it seems like he might not necessarily be going ahead with some of the more drastic measures he had promised during his campaign.