Dream Act Amnesty Would Legalize A Lot More Immigrants Than DACA Beneficiaries

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Alex Pfeiffer White House Correspondent
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President Donald Trump’s wish that Congress pass amnesty to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) beneficiaries could end up putting nearly 2 million illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship.

Trump announced that the DACA amnesty program will be rescinded in March 2018 in order to give Congress time to “legalize” the program that protects roughly 800,000 illegal immigrants.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has said Trump supports signing the Dream Act as a resolution to this issue, and Trump is reportedly meeting with Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Wednesday night to discuss the Dream Act.

A July analysis from the Migration Policy Institute of the Dream Act of 2017 introduced in the Senate shows that a total of 1.8 million illegal immigrants could be granted legal status. This is a million more illegal immigrants than are currently protected by DACA.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders was asked about the Dream Act during Monday’s press briefing and replied that the “president and the administration are looking responsible immigration reform. And part of that would be part of that process, but we want to do something that addresses a multitude of issues.”

As recently as July, White House legislative director Marc Short said, “The administration has opposed the Dream Act and we are likely to be consistent in that.”

However, since then the president has embraced amnesty, a position the White House claimed on Tuesday Trump has always held.

Correction: 1.8 million illegal immigrants could be eligible for legal status, not 3.3 million.