(CNSNews.com) – President Donald Trump disputed the notion that he’s sending mixed signals on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program or DACA, telling reporters in an off-camera gaggle on board Air Force One en route to Bismarck, N.D., that he believes Congress will pass DACA legislation.
“No mixed signal at all,” Trump said when asked what he says to those who say that mixed signals are coming from the White House on DACA. “Congress, I really believe, wants to take care of this situation. I really believe it — even very conservative members of Congress. I’ve seen it firsthand. If they don’t, we’re going to see what we’re going to do, but I will tell you, I really believe Congress wants to take care of it,” Trump said.
On the same day that Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the administration was rescinding DACA with a six-month delay giving Congress time to pass legislation on DACA, Trump tweeted Tuesday: “Congress, get ready to do your job – DACA!”
Congress, get ready to do your job – DACA!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2017
Later that day, Trump tweeted: “Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA (something the Obama Administration was unable to do). If they can’t, I will revisit this issue!”
Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA (something the Obama Administration was unable to do). If they can't, I will revisit this issue!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2017
“We discussed that also today, and Chuck and Nancy would like to see something happen, and so do I,” the president said, referring to his meeting with Democratic leaders – Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). “And I said if we can get something to happen, we’re going to sign it, and we’re going to make a lot of happy people.”
When asked whether he wants a pathway to citizenship for the Dreamers, the president said, “That’s going to be discussed later, but we want to talk about legal right now. We haven’t discussed that.”
When asked what he meant by saying he would revisit the issue in six months if Congress doesn’t act, Trump said, “Well, we’re going to see what happens. I want to see what happens in Congress. I have a feeling that’s not going to be necessary. I think they’re going to make a deal. I think Congress really wants to do this.”
When asked what he would like to see in legislation, the president said, “I’d like to see something where we have good border security, and we have a great DACA transaction where everybody is happy and now they don’t have to worry about it anymore because, obviously, as you know, before, it was not a legal deal.
“It was a deal that wouldn’t have held up and didn’t hold up. And even President Obama when he did it, when he signed it, he said this is obviously not something that’s — he called it short-term,” Trump said. “I’d like to see a permanent deal, and I think it’s going to happen.
“I think we’re going to have great support from both sides of Congress, and I really believe that Congress is going to work very hard on the DACA agreement and come up with something,” he said.
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