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For Months, President Trump Hasn't Revealed Where He Stands On DACA

ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

President Trump has said a lot about the DACA program over the years, and he has not always been consistent. He made this promise when he announced his candidacy for president.

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PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I will immediately terminate President Obama's illegal executive order on immigration immediately.

SHAPIRO: That was 2015. After Trump won the election in 2016, his definitive statements from the campaign became less so. In December, he told Time Magazine this about so-called DREAMers. Quote, "some were good students. Some have wonderful jobs. And they're in never-never land because they don't know what's going to happen." A few weeks after inauguration, he said this.

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TRUMP: It's a very, very tough subject. We're going to deal with DACA with heart. I have to deal with a lot of politicians, don't forget. And I have to convince them that what I'm saying is right.

SHAPIRO: President Trump has been hinting about what his announcement tomorrow will be. On Friday, a reporter asked him what he would say to DREAMers who were scared.

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TRUMP: Think the DREAMers are terrific.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Thank you very much.

TRUMP: Thank you very much, everybody.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Thank you.

SHAPIRO: Tomorrow those DREAMers will find out if being terrific earns them continued protection from deportation.

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