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Trump to announce DACA decision Tuesday as top Republicans urge him not to end immigration program

  • President Donald Trump is expected to make a decision on whether he will end the DACA program protecting young immigrants on Tuesday.
  • Paul Ryan and Orrin Hatch, two top Republicans, urge Trump not to end DACA.
  • Trump is reportedly leaning toward ending the Obama-era program.

President Donald Trump is expected to announce Tuesday whether he will scrap an Obama-era program that protects people who entered the United States illegally as children.

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday said Trump is "still finalizing" the decision.

"We love the dreamers," Trump told reporters earlier Friday, using the name for the people protected under DACA. "We love everybody."

House Speaker Paul Ryan and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, on Friday pushed Trump not to end DACA. Trump is leaning toward stopping the program, according to multiple reports, though he has not made a final decision.

Ending DACA could affect 1 million immigrants, according to NBC News, and drag on U.S. gross domestic product.

While other GOP lawmakers have spoken out against scrapping DACA, Ryan and Hatch are perhaps the most prominent to urge Trump not to end it.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI)
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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI)

"I actually don't think he should do that," Ryan told radio station WCLO in Wisconsin, his home state. "I believe this is something that Congress has to fix."

Hatch, the longest-serving Republican senator, said in a statement that he has "urged the president not to rescind DACA, an action that would further complicate a system in serious need of a permanent, legislative solution."

He said he wants to work on legislation that will in part "provide a workable path forward for the Dreamer population."

In an open letter Thursday, nearly 400 U.S. executives, including Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Amazon's Jeff Bezos, urged Trump to retain the protections.

As a candidate, Trump said he would rescind DACA. Earlier this year, he softened his stance, saying he would treat the young immigrants with heart.

Trump could simply choose to let DACA lapse.

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