Trump says he will sign immigration order with road to citizenship for 'Dreamers'

The US president says he is working on an executive order

FILE - In this June 18, 2020, file photo, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students gather in front of the Supreme Court in Washington. Immigration judges say they are being muzzled by the Trump administration and the union that represents them is suing the U.S. Department of Justice. The lawsuit filed Wednesday, July 1, 2020, is the latest confrontation between the judges and the Justice Department, which oversees U.S. immigration courts. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
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US President Donald Trump said on Friday he will sign an executive order on immigration in the next few weeks with a road to citizenship for migrants who are in the United States illegally but arrived in the country as children.

In an interview with Spanish-language TV network Telemundo, Mr Trump said one aspect of the measure will involve Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the program that protects hundreds of thousands of such immigrants - often called "Dreamers" - from deportation.

"I'm going to do a big executive order. ... And I'm going to make DACA a part of it," Mr Trump said. "We're going to have a road to citizenship."

The US Supreme Court last month dealt a major setback to Mr Trump's hardline immigration policies, blocking his bid to end DACA, which was created in 2012 by his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama.

The ruling did not prevent Mr Trump from trying again to end the program. But his administration may find it difficult to rescind it - and win any ensuing legal battle - before the November 3 election in which he is seeking a second term in office.

Mr Trump's remarks drew an immediate rebuke from his fellow Republican, Senator Ted Cruz, who wrote on Twitter that "it would be a huge mistake if Trump tries to illegally expand amnesty."

"There is zero constitutional authority for a President to create a “road to citizenship” by executive fiat," Mr Cruz wrote.