Trump signs bill repealing Obama-era ‘Dreamers’ law
By MICHAEL HARRIS/ReutersPresident Donald Trump signed a bill Friday that would repeal the Obama-created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that provides temporary legal protection to nearly two million undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.
The legislation, known as the Dream Act, also includes a $1.3 trillion stimulus package to help the economy and boost jobs and wages.
The Dream Act passed with a veto-proof margin in the House and Senate, according to data from the Congressional Budget Office.
Trump has said the legislation is not a tax hike, but rather a relief for hardworking families.
Trump also signed legislation that would allow Americans who came to the country as children and were denied entry into the U .
S. under the Obama administration to continue to obtain work permits.
The White House said the administration will announce the details of the new protections in the coming days.
The president signed the Dream act after Senate Republicans rejected a measure by Sens.
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Trump, in a tweet Friday, said the Dream Bill was a “very bad deal for America” and said he had a “strong opinion” about the bill, which would also make it easier for the president to rescind the DACA protections.
“I’m signing this legislation today, because the Dreamer program is a bad deal.
Bad for our country.
Bad on DACA.
Bad to our economy.
Bad not just for the Dream and the Dream kids, but bad for our children too,” he wrote.
Republicans have already blocked several other Trump-backed initiatives as part of their effort to repeal Obamacare.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Friday he plans to push for a vote on the Dream bill in the Senate.
“The president has put forward an ambitious and important package to strengthen America’s economy and protect Dreamers from deportation,” McConnell said in a statement.
“This is a big win for American families, businesses, and our national security, and I will work with the House to pass this legislation.
The House has already passed the Dream legislation, so I expect it to be on the Senate floor tomorrow.”