After telling the press earlier on Friday that he would make his decission on whether to end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), or "Dreamer" program this weekend, or Monday at the latest, moments ago the White House announced that the decision would be revealed on Tuesday instead.
"We are in the process of finalizing that decision and those details, and we are actually going to make that announcement on Tuesday of next week," the White House press secretary said on Friday afternoon. "The president’s priorities on immigration are to create a system that encourages legal immigration and benefits our economy and American workers. The president has been very clear, he loves people and he wants to make sure this decision is done correctly."
As discussed yesterday, the White House has been grappling with the future of the Obama-era program that extends temporary deportation relief to certain undocumented immigrants who applied for work permits with the federal government. Having promised during his presidential campaign to take a hard line on illegal immigration, so far the president has failed to move against the program, fearing a popular backlash.
A Fox News report on Thursday stated that Trump would announce the program's end but would allow so-called “dreamers” currently in the program to stay in the U.S. until their work permits expire – which, for some, could be as long as two years. The White House promptly denied the Fox report.