The Trump administration is “100 percent” ready to deal with the DACA and other Obama policies, including a slew to protect workers’ rights, a White House official said Monday, a day after the president announced his intention to end the program.
“We are 100 percent ready to take action on any of these issues, including ending the DACA program,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.
Sanders did not elaborate on what action Trump might take.
The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, also said the White House is “open to all” but that “there is still much work to do” to protect undocumented workers.
The president said he was willing to negotiate DACA, which protects young people brought to the United States illegally as children, with Democrats and Republicans.
“I am willing to compromise on DACA,” Trump said in an interview with Fox News Sunday.
“If I can get them to agree, I’ll be happy to go down the road and find a deal.”
DACA, also known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is an Obama-administration program that allows certain young people to work legally in the United State without fear of deportation.
The program has been in effect since 2013 and was signed by President Barack Obama in 2016.
The Deferred Application for Childhood Protection, also called DAPA, allows young people with deportation orders to apply for work permits.
DACA recipients cannot apply for student loan loans, though they are eligible to apply to receive disability payments.
Obama has used the program to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation.
In December, the White Court, a nonpartisan federal court that handles immigration matters, ruled that Trump’s order to end DACA would be unconstitutional and that Congress should enact legislation to protect DACA recipients.
The court also blocked the Trump administration from ending a similar program that allowed undocumented immigrants to work and get benefits without fear they would be deported.
Trump announced his decision on Saturday.
“As the president said, we’re going to end all DACA,” Sanders said.
“What we’re doing is ending the program in a way that’s fair and legal.”
In the days leading up to the DACA decision, Trump has criticized the program for being too lenient on people brought illegally to the country as children.
Trump has called the program “a disaster.”
“DACA has made it very clear that people who have been here for a long time are not going to get any special treatment, and that is the case with DACA,” the president told Fox News.
“It’s a disaster.”
The Trump White House has repeatedly stressed that DACA is about keeping the country safe and that the president is focused on building a border wall, a top priority of his administration.