Will 'big-hearted' Trump soften immigration stance?

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
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Chad Groening, Billy Davis (OneNewsNow.com)

Donald Trump, president-electAn advocate for immigration enforcement says it's disappointing that President Donald Trump has yet to address a controversial amnesty program begun by Barack Obama.

Obama announced the DACA immigration program in 2012, using his pen and phone to grant temporary amnesty to more than 700,000 illegal aliens who came to the United States as minors.

DACA stands for "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals."

William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration, or ALIPAC, reminds OneNewsNow that Trump pledged to campaign crowds that he would take a tough stand on illegal immigration and on Obama's controversial executive actions.

Gheen, William (ALIPAC)Trump excited his campaign crowds with his get-tough message while pro-immigration activists, angry at Trump's promises, chased and beat Trump supporters (see photo below) at campaign rallies over the summer.  

Trump's rhetoric was so tough, says Gheen, that he expected immediate action as soon as Trump took office January 20.

Instead, the new administration has announced Trump will work with Congress to find a "solution" on the issue, and a Reuters story report there is disagreement among Trump's cabinet officials over what course of action to take on DACA.

Trump supporter running"We are very concerned," says Gheen, "that the DACA amnesty orders are still in place from Obama, and illegal immigrants can continue to receive work permits under the program, even though Donald Trump told us all - and we all agreed - that the program is fundamentally unconstitutional and illegal."

OneNewsNow reported in a Jan. 30 story that an evangelical Hispanic group is praising the Trump administration for listening to its concerns about DACA.

The group supports deporting criminals and supports a strong border wall, the story explained.

Border fence imageGheen says he and ALIPAC are concerned about communication coming from the new Trump administration, such as having a "big heart" for the plight of illegal immigrants.

That is a reference to Trump himself, who told ABC News that the so-called "dreamers" shouldn't be worried about his plans.

"They shouldn't be worried. I do have a big heart," Trump said. "We're going to take care of everybody."

"Some comments like that from Trump have us very worried," Gheen says.

"What laws are and are not passed and enforced in the United States," he continues, "doesn't need to be based on whether our president has a big heart or is feeling good on a particular day."

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