Trump on 'Dreamers': 'They Shouldn't Be Very Worried. I Do Have a Big Heart.'

By Susan Jones | January 26, 2017 | 7:54am EST
President Donald Trump says Dreamers "shouldn't be very worried." (AP File Photo)

( - Foreigners brought to this country as children may be "here illegally," but "they shouldn't be very worried," President Donald Trump told ABC's David Muir on Wednesday.

Trump said twice, "They shouldn't be very worried. I do have a big heart," he added. "We're going to take care of everybody.

"We're going to have a very strong border, we're going to have a very solid border. Where you have great people that are here that have done a good job, they should be far less worried. We'll be coming out with policy on that in the next four weeks," Trump added.

"So, Mr. President, will they be allowed to stay?

"I'm going to tell you over the next four weeks," Trump said again. "But I will tell you, we're looking at this, the whole immigration situation, we're looking at it with great heart. Now we have criminals that are here. We have really bad people that are here. Those people have to be worried 'cause they're getting out. We're gonna get them out. We're gonna get 'em out fast."

The Obama administration in 2012 announced it would defer deportation for certain people who came to the United States as children and met several other guidelines.

The deferred action, good for two years and renewable after that, also made them eligible for work permits. The administration described deferred action as a use of it prosecutorial discretion./p>

In December 2016, then-DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said there were 750,000 people enrolled in DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). In a letter to Congress, Johnson urged the incoming Trump administration not to use the information submitted by the so-called 'Dreamers' for purposes of rounding them up and sending them out of the country.

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