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>> President Donald Trump delaying until Tuesday a decision on whether to scrap an Obama-era policy shielding from deportation nearly 800,000 illegal immigrants known as Dreamers, who entered the country as children. The White House putting off any immediate move amid a growing backlash, including among Republicans after Reuters and other outlets reported Trump planned to put an end to the program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, better known as DACA.
>> The President's been very clear. He loves people, and he wants to make sure that this decision is done correctly.>> White House reporter, James Oliphant.>> And there certainly is a worry among Republicans right now that>> the party risks looking sort of coldhearted and harsh and not welcoming because this is a very sympathetic cohort.
Kids who were brought here not of their own accord, they're sort of an innocence in all of this.>> Trump has long promised a crackdown on illegal immigration but has also pledged to, show great heart, toward young immigrants.>> Should the dreamers be worried?>> We love the dreamers.
We love everybody.>> But is White House facing a dilemma? Can Republican state attorneys vowing to file a legal challenge to DACA if Trump doesn't end the program by September 5th?>> They're threatening to file a suit next week if the White House doesn't give them some sort of
>> a sign that they're going to modify or do away with the program. And so basically the optics for the Trump White House would be bad at that point because they would look like they're defending an Obama-era policy against members of their own party. And so the White House would like to avoid that narrative if they can do something and get out ahead of it.
Interestingly, Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, today said that he would like>> Trump to preserve DACA in some form and then allow Congress to maybe fix it.>> The reports that Trump was moving toward ending the DACA program quickly mobilizing opposition in Silicon Valley.
Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, Thursday night saying "I stand with the dreamers," in a posting also signed by Apple CEO, Tim Cook, and Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos.