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Feds discover ‘most sophisticated’ cross-border tunnel with extensive ventilation, rail system

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Immigration enforcement agents have uncovered a cross-border tunnel that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is saying could be the “most sophisticated” yet.

Stretching from San Luis, Ariz. to San Luis, Mexico, the smuggling passageway includes a fully developed ventilation system, electrical wiring and a rail system. According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), authorities discovered the tunnel in late July, before it could be completed.

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A shovel sticks out of the sand as excavation work continues at the tunnel side (Courtesy of ICE via AP)

Photos show the tunnel measured three feet wide and four feet high.

FLASHBACK: LONGEST-EVER BORDER SMUGGLING TUNNEL FOUND STRETCHING BETWEEN TIJUANA AND SAN DIEGO, OFFICIALS SAY

The discovery was made during an ongoing, multi-agency effort by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

“This appears to be the most sophisticated tunnel in U.S. history, and certainly the most sophisticated I’ve seen in my career,” Border Patrol Yuma Sector’s Acting Chief Patrol Agent Carl Landrum said in a statement Thursday. “We will continue to work closely with our partners – Homeland Security Investigations and state and local agencies — to provide the best national security possible.”

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This photo provided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement shows a section of an incomplete tunnel intended for smuggling, found stretching from Arizona to Mexico. (Courtesy of ICE via AP)

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In this undated photo provided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, excavation work continues at a site of an incomplete tunnel intended for smuggling, found stretching from Arizona to Mexico. (Courtesy of ICE via AP)

Earlier this year, authorities announced they had found the longest known border smuggling tunnel, which stretched from Tijuana to San Diego. The tunnel originated near the Otay Mesa Port of Entry and measured 4,309 feet long — more than three-quarters of a mile. The next-longest tunnel in the U.S., discovered in San Diego in 2014, was 2,966 feet long.

FEDS UNCOVER OPIOIDS, METH, COCAINE IN TUNNEL BENEATH US-MEXICO BORDER

In March, authorities located a tunnel containing a variety of drugs — including about 1,300 pounds of cocaine, 17 pounds of heroin, and two pounds of fentanyl. CBP has warned in the past that drug trafficking from the U.S.-Mexico border region results in the loss of American lives.

News of the tunnel came on the same day that CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan held a press conference in which he warned about the scourge of smuggling.

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“As the U.S. continues to take on the challenges posed by COVID-19, we must secure our borders from illegal aliens who show their complete disregard of even the most basic application of health and safety precautions, which have become our new norm against COVID-19,” said Morgan, showing pictures of container trucks packed with migrants

He added that criminal organizations and smugglers provide false promises to migrants and “have no concern for their safety or the safety of American citizens — again in this backdrop of COVID-19.” He explained that the migrants are kept in crowded, unsanitary stash houses for days in the sweltering heat, a situation he described as a “perfect incubator” for the new coronavirus.

The Associated Press and Fox News’ Morgan Phillips ontributed to this report.

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GOP senators introduce bill to allow judges to hold illegal immigrants who miss hearings in contempt

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EXCLUSIVE: Two Republican senators on Wednesday introduced a bill that would allow immigration judges to hold illegal immigrants in contempt of court and issue arrest warrants if they miss their court proceedings — a move the lawmakers say will also deal with the massive backlog of cases.

The Immigration Court Efficiency (ICE) Act, introduced by Sens. Kelly Leoffler, R-Ga., and Tom Cotton, R-Ark,, would also allow judges to declare those who miss their proceedings inadmissible.

ICE REMOVES HONDURAN MAN WANTED IN HOME COUNTRY FOR MURDER

The lawmakers say that courts are currently flooded with more than a million cases before them, and this bill would make them better equipped to move through the backlog.

“For years, Congressional Democrats have ignored the glaring problems with our immigration system and failed to come to the table on a tangible solution,” Loeffler said in a statement. “This has inflamed illegal immigration and left immigration courts overwhelmed. With a backlog of 1.2 million cases before immigration courts, there are too many in limbo that must be prosecuted.’

“By empowering immigration judges to expedite cases and hold illegal immigrants who fail to appear in contempt, those who try to skirt the law will be held accountable,” she said. “We must stop those who come into our country illegally and ensure justice is swift.”

SENS. COTTON, BLACKBURN, LOEFFLER INTRODUCE BILL TO ALLOW CONCEALED CARRY FOR PROSECUTORS, FEDERAL JUDGES 

Immigration judges are not part of the judicial branch, but instead are situated within the Department of Justice (DOJ) and classified as employees — and even have their own union. The two senators have also written to Attorney General William Barr, requesting the DOJ use its authorities to allow immigration judges to dismiss cases of those who don’t show up to hearings.

Cotton said that each year, tens of thousands of immigrants disappear into the U.S.

COTTON CALLS FOR WITHHOLDING STIMULUS FUNDS FROM STATES, CITIES WHERE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS GET PAYMENTS

“Our bill empowers immigration court judges to enforce the rule of law and have these criminals detained. This bill and our suggested regulatory changes will make the immigration court system more efficient and reduce the backlog for immigration petitions,” he said in a statement.

The legislation comes as part of a continued effort to crack down on illegal immigration by the Trump administration and congressional Republicans. President Trump last month signed an executive order to prevent illegal immigrants from being counted for the purposes of redrawing congressional districts after the 2020 Census.

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In May, Cotton proposed legislation that would prevent the federal government from sending taxpayer-funded stimulus dollars to states or cities that issue payments to people in the U.S. illegally.

Last month, Loeffler and Cotton, along with Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., introduced legislation to make it easier to prosecute criminal gang activity and to refer any illegal immigrant convicted of such crimes to the Department of Homeland Security for deportation.

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ICE removes Honduran man wanted in home country for murder

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Friday removed a Honduran national who was illegally present in the U.S. and wanted in Honduras for murder.

Officers with ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations removed 28-year-old Saudiel Doblado Carias to Honduras, according to a press release from ICE. Once in Honduras, Carias was handed over to Honduran authorities.

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Saudiel Doblado Carias being delivered to Honduran authorities on July 31, 2020.  (ICE)

Officers from ERO’s Washington, D.C. office arrested Doblado at his home near Charlottesville, Va., in March.

ICE DEPORTS ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT LINKED TO EL SALVADOR TERROR GROUPS

Doblado entered the U.S. through Texas in 2013. An immigration judge ordered his removal on April 15, 2015, after he failed to appear for his immigration hearing. In September of that year, the Honduran government issued a warrant arrest for Doblado, charging him with murder.

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“ICE is committed to removing fugitive aliens charged with crimes in their home countries so they may face justice,” said Acting Washington Field Office Director Lyle Boelens. “We are grateful to our law enforcement partners at home and abroad for their assistance in our shared public safety mission.”

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New Jersey passes bill that would allow illegal immigrants to obtain professional licenses

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New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy is expected to sign legislation passed in the State Assembly Thursday that would allow illegal immigrants to obtain professional and occupational licenses in the state, raising concerns about the supply of jobs during a pandemic.

Approved by the State Assembly, the bill would immediately take effect if signed by Murphy. It would maintain all other requirements for licenses but allow immigrants to obtain them regardless of their status, NorthJersey.com reported.

Alyana Alfaro, a spokesperson for Murphy, told the outlet the governor “believes that immigrants are a critical part of the fabric of life in New Jersey, and that they should not face unnecessary barriers as they seek to participate in our society and economy.”

The bill would presumably open the floodgates for illegal immigrants to enter into a variety of professions — including as accountants, cosmetologists and pharmicists.

NEW JERSEY GOV. PHIL MURPHY SIGNS LAW LETTING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS GET DRIVER’S LICENSES

It came at a time when Americans faced heightened unemployment and economic turmoil due to coronavirus-related restrictions. The issue flared when two New Jersey gym owners defied authorities by kicking down the barricade that blocked the entrance to their business. The incident, gym owner Ian Smith said, showed the “lengths we have to go to just to make a living for our families.”

The bill could have wideranging implications for the state’s economy. In June, New Jersey counties already saw unemployment rates ranging from around 12 percent up to 34.3 percent in Atlantic City.

The Federation for Immigration Reform, which supports greater restrictions, argued that the proposal would cost American jobs.

“Allowing those in the country illegally to get occupational or professional licenses takes jobs away from American citizens and legal immigrants,” said FAIR State and Local Engagement Director Shari Randall.

“Already there are more than 1.3 million unemployed individuals in New Jersey who are suffering as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic and lockdowns. Providing occupational or professional licenses to those in the country illegally incentivizes more illegal immigration. With high unemployment, the legislative focus should have been targeted to unemployed citizens and legal immigrants in New Jersey who desperately need to go back to work, instead of encouraging more illegal immigration.”

She added that the bill flouts federal law. “Under 8 U.S.C. § 1621 illegal aliens are precluded from receiving commercial and professional licenses. Illegal aliens have no legal right to remain in the United States and are prohibited from being employed,” she said.

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But Assemblyman Gary Schaer, D-Passaic, reportedly said it would help address labor shortages among essential workers. “Our immigrant community has been indispensable throughout this crisis,” Schaer reportedly said. “By lifting this obstacle we can utilize the abilities of every single resident.”

The bill touches on a long-standing issue surrounding Democratic states taking steps that make it easier for illegal immigrants to participate in the economy. Like other states, New Jersey approved a bill that allowed illegal immigrants to obtain drivers’ licenses.

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Trump administration to increase immigration fees, impose fee for asylum claims

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The Trump administration announced Friday that it is increasing immigration fees — with those seeking citizenship facing a hike of more than 80 percent, while asylum seekers will face a charge for their claim.

The rule, first proposed last year and published in the federal register Friday, increases the application for citizenship fee by 81 percent to $1,160 among a number of fee increases for immigration applications.

FEDERAL IMMIGRATION AGENCY DELAYS 13,400 POTENTIAL FURLOUGHS UNTIL AUGUST

Immigrants will be charged a $50 fee to claim asylum — although that applies to claims that are made from within the U.S., and therefore would not apply to people arriving across the U.S.-Mexico border or other ports of entry.

Citizenship and Immigration Services has said that it pays $366 in adjudication costs to process each affirmative asylum application, bringing the total to almost $1,800 once overheads are included.

Opponents of the new fees have called it cruel and argue that very few countries charge for asylum claims.

The agency, in announcing the change Friday, noted that that it is almost entirely funded by fees rather than taxpayer money and that a recent review found that current fees would leave the agency underfunded by approximately $1 billion a year.

Immigration Services is “required to examine incoming and outgoing expenditures, and make adjustments based on that analysis,” Joseph Edlow, the agency’s deputy director for policy, said in a statement. “These overdue adjustments in fees are necessary to efficiently and fairly administer our nation’s lawful immigration system, secure the homeland and protect Americans.”

The agency has been facing severe financial hardship amid the coronavirus crisis, which has limited immigration revenue, and has warned that it may need to furlough thousands of employees to stay afloat.

It had initially alerted more than two-thirds of the workforce they would be furloughed starting July 20, but now that date has been pushed back to Aug. 3.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HALTS NEW DACA APPLICATIONS AS IT CONSIDERS CANCELING PROGRAM

The agency is offering a $10 reduction in fees for those who submit applications online. The new fees will take effect in October.

Notably absent was a $275 fee included in the proposal last year for the two-year renewal of recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) — the Obama-era policy that shielded some illegal immigrants who entered the U.S. as minors from deportation.

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The Department of Homeland Security announced earlier this week that it is halting new DACA applications and limiting renewals to only one year, rather than two, as it considers the future of the program in the wake of a recent Supreme Court decision.

That decision found that the administration’s move to end the program was done in an “arbitrary and capricious” manner, although justices did not rule on the merits of the program itself.

Fox News’ Marisa Schultz contributed to this report.

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State Department envoy on Twitter’s hypocrisy on Trump and Iran leader: It’s ‘clear’ their actions are politically-motivated

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It is “clear” that Twitter’s hypocritical censorship of President Trump — and not of Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei — is about the upcoming presidential election in November, State Department deputy envoy Ellie Cohanim stated Friday.

In an interview on “Fox & Friends,” Cohanim explained that she was born in Iran and that her family had to flee the country during the Islamic Revolution of 1979 and rising anti-Semitism.

ISRAELI LEGISLATURE PRESSES TWITTER ON ‘DOUBLE STANDARD’ BETWEEN IRAN’S ‘GENOCIDE’ TWEETS AND TRUMP’S

“So, I can tell you that I personally understand the threat that…Ayatollah Khamenei presents to the Jewish people and to the world,” she remarked.

Cohanim, the deputy special envoy combating anti-Semitism, said the social media giant’s double standard is exposed while they continue to give a platform to a “despot” who has called for genocide and, instead, censor Trump.

“The hypocrisy is so thick it becomes clear to me, Pete, that this is about one thing and one thing only and that’s the elections coming up in the United States on November 3rd,” she told “Friends” host Pete Hegseth.

On Wednesday, Twitter defended its decision to flag President Trump’s tweet about violent demonstrations but not Iran’s calls for violence against Israel, suggesting to Israeli’s legislature that the latter fell under its protections for “commentary on political issues of the day.”

“So, calling for genocide is okay, but commenting on politics is not?” Knesset member Michal Cotler-Wunsh asked Twitter’s Ylwa Pettersson.

Pettersson responded by suggesting that Trump risked provoking violence, an apparent reference to his post about ongoing riots surrounding George Floyd’s death. She added that Twitter didn’t completely remove the post because it wanted to ensure “citizens can see what their political figures are commenting and hold them accountable for what they are saying online.”

“I think that what’s come up again and again through different examples is actually a sense of double standards, and I would implore Twitter and other online platforms to ensure … that there is no double standard in the application,” Cotler-Wunsh replied.

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Four Republican senators are asking Twitter to ban certain Iranian leaders from its platform. In a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, the lawmakers noted that allowing Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif is a violation to keep their accounts violates U.S. sanctions. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

In a statement fo Fox News, a Twitter spokesperson echoed Pettersson’s claims.

“Direct interactions with fellow public figures, comments on political issues of the day, or foreign policy saber-rattling…are generally not in violation of the Twitter Rules,” they wrote Thursday. “However, if a Tweet from a world leader does violate the Twitter Rules but there is a clear public interest value to keeping the Tweet on the service, we may place it behind a notice that provides context about the violation…”

“Pete, you know, I’ll tell you something. They’ve never — not once has there been any consequence to Khamenei’s hatred and vitriol that’s all over Twitter,” Cohanim reacted. “His vitriol goes back to 2014 when he laid out a nine-step plan for eliminating Israel.

“What is it that Donald Trump has tried to do?” she asked. “He has tried to communicate with the American people about advances in medical care with COVID. He’s tried to talk to the American people about preserving our safety and security. And, for that, he is being censored.”

Cohanim noted that as a legal immigrant, she came to America for “freedom” and “liberty.”

“What these social media companies are doing is that they’re after our very thought process. They’re like the thought police. They’re trying to limit our freedom,” she said.

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“They’re trying to limit our abilities to be free Americans. And, what President Donald Trump is doing is he’s fighting for our freedom,” Cohanim concluded.

Fox News’ Sam Dorman contributed to this report.

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Americans flocking to New Zealand immigration website in hopes of avoiding coronavirus: report

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Thousands of Americans have visited New Zealand’s immigration website hoping to escape and ride out the coronavirus pandemic on the island — with a US citizen visiting the site at a rate of once every 30 seconds last month, new data shows.

More than 250,000 US natives have flocked to the country’s official immigration website to investigate whether they qualify to move to the land of sheep and rugby — which boasts low infection and fatality numbers, according to the New Zealand Herald.

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New Zealand has reported just 1,560 confirmed COVID-19 cases and only 22 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. Currently, the country has just 23 active cases, all in managed isolation, the Herald reports.

This compares to almost 4.5 million confirmed infections in the US and more than 150,000 deaths.

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AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND  New Zealand was placed in complete lockdown and a state of national emergency was declared on Thursday, March 26, 2020 to stop the spread of COVID-19 across the country. Under the COVID-19 Alert Level Four restrictions, New Zealanders are not allowed to leave their homes unless for exercise in their local area, or to get essential supplies. Offices, schools and childcare centres have been closed, along with bars, restaurants, cinemas and playgrounds. Essential services remain open, including supermarkets and pharmacies. Lockdown measures are expected to remain in place for at least four weeks, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern warning New Zealanders of zero tolerance for people ignoring the restrictions, with police able to enforce them if required. (Photo by WOWstockfootage/Getty Images)

Last month, 112,800 more Americans visited the Immigration New Zealand site compared with the same time last year — a 160 percent spike, according to data cited by the Herald. This is the equivalent of one US user clicking on the site every 30 seconds, the outlet said.

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“Middle class, professional America is saying, ‘Well, where do we go for our own safety and the safety of our families?’” said Paul Spoonley, a demographics expert from Massey University.

He cited a poor public health system and lack of federal leadership in the US amid the pandemic, and predicted the number of people immigrating to New Zealand from the states would increase.

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Border agents arrest 19 when panga boat lands on Southern California beach

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents arrested 19 people in connection with suspected human smuggling in Southern California early Tuesday when a panga boat landed on a beach near San Clemente.

The 17 passengers, all Mexican citizens. hurried to a waiting car near at Calafia Beach, south of Los Angeles, and were intercepted by border agents who spotted the boat, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said, according to the Orange County Register.

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The boat landed on Calafia Beach near San Clemente before 5 a.m. Tuesday.  (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

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The passengers, the driver, who is a Guatemalan citizen, and a Salvadorian citizen were all arrested in connection with the alleged smuggling operation.

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The Guatemalan and Salvadorian citizens face felony smuggling charges, the Register reported. They were both in the country illegally.

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Trump administration halts new DACA applications as it considers canceling program

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The Trump administration on Tuesday announced that it was halting applications to an Obama-era program that shields some illegal immigrants from deportations as it considers the policy’s future — just weeks after the Supreme Court shut down efforts to halt the program.

The Supreme Court ruled last month that the administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was done in an “arbitrary and capricious” manner although they did not rule on the merits of the program itself.

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As a result, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Tuesday that as it considers the future of the program, it will reject all initial requests for protection, as well as applications for Employment Authorization Documents.

“As the Department continues looking at the policy and considers future action, the fact remains that Congress should act on this matter,” acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said in a statement. “There are important policy reasons that may warrant the full rescission of the DACA policy.”

It is also renewing existing protections for only one year, rather than two.

Trump campaigned on repealing DACA in 2016 and has also floated a legislative fix for the program as part of a broader immigration deal.

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A federal judge in Maryland ruled this month that DACA should be restored to its original form before Sept. 2017, but the administration had not said if it would accept new applications.

Two weeks ago the president said he would be signing an executive order in the next few weeks, including a “road to citizenship” for DACA recipients.

“I’m going do a big executive order, I have the power to do it as president and I’m going to make DACA a part of it,” Trump said in an interview with Telemundo anchor Jose Diaz-Balart. Trump added he was still working on the “legal complexities” of keeping DACA in the order.

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Days later, Trump again touted that he would be “taking care” of DACA.

“We’re going to be taking care of DACA,” Trump said at a Rose Garden briefing. “I’m going to be signing immigration action, very big merit-based immigration action.

Fox News’ Morgan Phillips, Ronn Blitzer and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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McEnany: Trump would like to see ‘legislative fix’ to DACA, order will focus on ‘merit-based immigration’

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Friday President Trump wants to see a “legislative fix” to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program after the president suggested a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients would be included in his forthcoming immigration order.

When asked by a reporter when the immigration order would be coming, McEnany said she had “no guidance” other than to say it would be an executive order focused on “merit-based” immigration, and the president would like to see a “legislative fix” for DACA.

Two weeks ago the president said he would be signing an executive order in the next few weeks, including a “road to citizenship” for DACA recipients, who were brought to the country illegally as children, or legally on visas that were later overstayed. DACA recipients are not citizens but are able to live, study and work without fear of deportation.

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“I’m going do a big executive order, I have the power to do it as president and I’m going to make DACA a part of it,” Trump said in an interview with Telemundo anchor Jose Diaz-Balart. Trump added he was still working on the “legal complexities” of keeping DACA in the order.

Days later, Trump again touted that he would be “taking care” of DACA.

“We’re going to be taking care of DACA,” Trump said at a Rose Garden briefing. “I’m going to be signing immigration action, very big merit-based immigration action.

“Even conservative Republicans want to see something happen with DACA,” Trump said. “Democrats had their chance for three years.

“They always turned it down,” he said, adding that Democrats used the debate over childhood arrivals as a “political tool.”

Trump, who has pledged to end DACA since he was on the campaign trail in 2015 when he called the program an “illegal executive order,” said that the bill wouldn’t just be for temporary relief but would be a far more encompassing merit-based bill.

It is unclear whether the president can grant DACA recipients a path to citizenship through executive powers.

Last month, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to reject Trump’s attempt to dismantle the program for young immigrants. The Court ruled the administration had not provided proper legal justification to end the program established under President Obama in 2012.

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Trump and a bipartisan group of senators hit a stalemate in January 2018 after a compromise immigration bill was presented that would protect DACA recipients. But Trump would not agree to the measure because it did not include a provision for the U.S.- Mexico border wall, eventually leading to the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.

Trump first submitted his appeal to the Supreme Court in January 2018 after a federal judge blocked the president’s attempt to terminate DACA.

The Supreme Court then began oral arguments for the case in November 2019, which prompted Trump to tweet, “Many of the people in DACA, no longer very young, are far from ‘angels.’ Some are very tough, hardened criminals.

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“If Supreme Court remedies with overturn, a deal will be made with Dems for them to stay!”

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