On Wednesday, Trump spoke to reporters, saying he would consider a path to citizenship for Dreamers. He said, “‘Over a period of ten to twelve years, somebody does a great job, they work hard – that gives incentive to do a great job. Whatever they’re doing, if they do a great job, I think it’s a nice thing to have the incentive of, after a period of years, being able to become a citizen’” (New York Times). This statement come right after a failure to compromise over DACA leading to a government shutdown.
While Trump has again and again taken a hard stance on immigration, the comments he made to reporters suggests that when it comes to Dreamers, he may not have the same feelings. At the same time, Trump did mention that he will be asking for $25 billion to build a border wall with Mexico, and an additional $5 billion for increased security. Several senators, both Republicans and Democrats have voiced support for Trump’s comments. However, the White House has had a hard time coming up with an official response to these comments, due to Trump immediately leaving the country for Davos, Switzerland.
Our Verdict: Trump’s comments seem to suggest flexibility in terms of his stance on Dreamers and the possibility of citizenship. However, he has made comments in the past suggesting sympathy for DACA recipients, with little positive outcome. Congress still must come up with a solution for Dreamers.