Trump at war with himself over ‘Dreamers’

Dozens of immigration advocates and supporters attend a rally outside of Trump Tower along Fifth Avenue on Aug.15 in New York City. / Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Administration officials say he’s conflicted between his instinct to be tough on immigration and his personal feelings

By Andrew Restuccia and Eliana Johnson | POLITICO

President Donald Trump often bristles at the constraints imposed on him by his aides, yet when it comes to Obama-era protections for young undocumented immigrants, he is at war with himself.

The president has waffled between his campaign pledge to kill the policy known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, and his sympathy for the nearly 800,000 people whose lives could be upended if it’s repealed, aides say.

As an unofficial Sept. 5 deadline looms, there are growing signs that Trump will decide to phase out the program. But administration officials say he remains conflicted, trying to find a middle ground that balances his instinct to be tough on immigration and his personal feelings.


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