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Trump addresses DACA students in Time Magazine interview

Posted at 5:21 PM, Dec 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-07 19:53:06-05

NEW YORK (AP/KGUN9-TV) - President-elect Donald Trump was chosen as Person of the Year by Time Magazine.

In the Time interview, Trump addresses the undocumented youth granted legal status through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. While Trump has not backed off his pledge to end President Obama's executive actions, according to the Time Magazine article "...he made it clear he would like to find some future accommodation for them."

"We're going to work something out that's going to make people happy and proud," Trump said. "They got brought here at a very young age, they've worked here, they've gone to school here. 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."

The Associated Press reports Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel presented Trump a letter Wednesday from 14 big city mayors urging him to keep the DACA program intact.

"They were working hard toward the American dream," Emmanuel told reporters in lobby of Trump's skyscraper. "It's no fault of their own their parents came here. They are something we should hold up and embrace."
 
Though some immigrant advocates hope Trump's words were an olive branch, others were skeptical.
 
"We've seen this movie before," Frank Sharry of the immigrant-rights group America's Voice said in a statement. "Unfortunately we expect no pivot and no softening."