HOUSTON >> Young immigrants protected by executive action from deportation say they won’t “rest easy,” even if President Donald Trump says they should.
Several “dreamers” told The Associated Press on Friday that they were not comforted by Trump’s pledge, in an AP interview, that he wouldn’t target the 800,000 people brought to the U.S. as children and living in the country illegally under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Trump told the AP that his administration is “not after the ‘dreamers,’ we are after the criminals.”
“Here is what they can hear: The ‘dreamers’ should rest easy,” Trump said. “OK? I’ll give you that. The ‘dreamers’ should rest easy.”
It was Trump’s latest statement expressing support for immigrants in the program, even as his administration broadly cracks down on illegal immigration. U.S. officials have promised to speed up and widen deportations, and threatened local governments that don’t cooperate with federal immigration agents.
“Obviously actions speak louder than words,” said Saba Nafees, a 24-year-old ‘dreamer’ who is a graduate student at Texas Tech University. “His…
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