- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 7, 2017

President Trump assured young illegal immigrants under DACA amnesty they remain safe for at least six more months, saying in a tweet Thursday morning that there will be “no action!”

“For all of those (DACA) that are concerned about your status during the 6 month period, you have nothing to worry about,” the president said.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi took credit for prodding Mr. Trump to issue the tweet, saying she asked him in a phone call Thursday morning to issue the reassurance, and he immediately did so.

“I am praying that the president really cares about the dreamers, or knows that he should care about the Dreamers, and knows that we’re going to pass this bill,” she said.

The Trump administration this week announced a phaseout of the Obama-era deportation amnesty for Dreamers, a program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The Justice Department said the program would be struck down by the courts, so the most humane solution was a phaseout that gave Congress a chance to pass a more permanent solution.

Democratic leaders called Mr. Trump’s decision “cowardly” and “brainless,” while activists and even some rank-and-file Democrats in Congress have said it was racist to refuse to defend the legally questionable program in a lengthy court battle.

Some Democrats, though, have also said the president’s move could be the prod Congress needed to take action on granting Dreamers official legal status.

During the six-month phaseout, all DACA recipients will be protected, and those whose two-year permits are slated to expire by March 5 can apply for another two-year period.

After that, any valid permits will be good until they expire, but no new or renewal permits will be issued, the administration said.

• Stephen Dinan can be reached at sdinan@washingtontimes.com.

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