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PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP TO NOTICIAS TELEMUNDO: “I’M TAKING CARE OF DACA … WE’RE GOING TO HAVE A ROAD TO CITIZENSHIP”

“We’re working out the legal complexities right now but I’m going to be signing a very major immigration bill as an executive order. I’m going to make DACA a part of it,” President Trump told Noticias Telemundo in an exclusive interview.

Highlights of the interview to air today on “Noticias Telemundo” at 6:30 pm / 5:30 CT

The full interview will be available for streaming on NoticiasTelemundo.com and the Noticias Telemundo properties on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter

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MIAMI – July 10, 2020 – President Donald Trump spoke with Noticias Telemundo anchor José Díaz-Balart in an exclusive television interview. Trump discussed immigration, his plans for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the impact of the coronavirus crisis on the Latino community among other issues.

Highlights of the interview will air today on “Noticias Telemundo” at 6:30 PM / 5:30 CT and will also be available for streaming on NoticiasTelemundo.com and the Noticias Telemundo properties on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

Here are excerpts of the interview about immigration and DACA. Quotes are from a rush transcript and subject to change. Rules of use: Mandatory credit as “Noticias Telemundo interview.”

A full transcript will be available on request. Please email Kevin.Gray@nbcuni.com for a copy.

JOSÉ DÍAZ-BALART

Mr. President, Latinos are on the frontline in many ways. They're tending our fields, transporting our goods. They're on the frontline in the hospitals and as many as 30,000 hospital workers are DACA recipients and yet you seem to be laser-focused on deporting DACA.

PRESIDENT TRUMP

Yeah.

JOSÉ DÍAZ-BALART

Why?

PRESIDENT TRUMP

I'm not. I'm taking care of DACA. I had a deal with the Democrats and they broke the deal. The DACA could have been taken care of two years ago, but the Democrats broke the deal. All of a sudden they just broke it for no reason. Actually, they had a court case that slightly went their way, and they said, "Oh, let's not talk about the deal anymore". You remember that. We talked about it.

JOSÉ DÍAZ-BALART

Uh-hum.

PRESIDENT TRUMP

The deal was done. DACA is going to be just fine. We’re putting it in. It's going to be just fine. And I am going to be, over the next few weeks, signing an immigration bill that a lot of people don't know about. You have breaking news, but I'm signing a big immigration bill.

JOSÉ DÍAZ-BALART

Is that an executive order?

PRESIDENT TRUMP

I'm going to do a big executive order. I have the power to do it as prresident and I'm going to make DACA a part of it. But, we put it in, and we'll probably going to then be taking it out. We're working out the legal complexities right now, but I'm going to be signing a very major immigration bill as an executive order, which the Supreme Court now, because of the DACA decision, has given me the power to do that.

JOSÉ DÍAZ-BALART

Just so I can understand better, so you're planning to include a provision for DACA under an executive order?

PRESIDENT TRUMP

That is correct.

JOSÉ DÍAZ-BALART

To give the 750,000 people legalization, at least temporary?

PRESIDENT TRUMP

No, what I'm going to do is that they're going to part of a much bigger bill on immigration. It's going to be a very big bill, a very good bill, and merit-based bill and it will include DACA, and I think people are going to be very happy.

In the meantime, we’ll put it in, we'll take it out... I think people are going to be very happy with it, but one of the aspects of the bill, which, frankly, nobody knows about until right now, because I told no another reporter, so you have breaking news. Congratulations. But one of the aspects of the bill is going to be DACA. We're going to have a road to citizenship.

JOSÉ DÍAZ-BALART

Ok, so that's.... that's an executive order, not as a congressional bill.

PRESIDENT TRUMP

If you look at the Supreme Court ruling, they gave the president tremendous powers when they said that you could take in, in this case, 700 thousand or so people, so they gave powers. Based on the powers that they gave, I'm going to be doing an immigration bill. One of the aspects of the bill that you will be very happy with, and that a lot of people will be, including me and a lot of Republicans, by the way, will be DACA. It will give them a road to citizenship

JOSÉ DÍAZ-BALART

When is this going to be...?

PRESIDENT TRUMP

I would say over the next four weeks.

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