Then on Thursday, a bipartisan group of senators presented the president with an agreement on new legislation for immigrants brought to the USA illegally as children.
The Trump administration has resumed accepting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a programme that protects certain illegal immigrants from deportation, renewal requests as a result of a federal court order. They say Trump said the US should allow more immigrants from places like Norway.
The announcement comes four days after a federal judge in San Francisco ordered the Trump administration to restart the DACAprogram until a lawsuit challenging the administration's decision to end the program plays out in court.More news: England win toss as Hales returns; Tye debuts for Australia
In a statement issued Saturday, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said those previously granted deferred action under DACA may request renewal by filing the proper forms. Without DACA, around 700,000 people could be deported, according to government figures.
Mirka Dominguez Salinas, a DACA recipient, says she worries the federal order is only temporary. If someone's DACA expired on or after September 5, 2016, that person may file a renewal request, the agency says; people who received DACA that expired before then can file a new DACA request.
U.S District Judge William Alsup of the Northern District of California ruled Tuesday that the program must continue and those already approved for DACA protections and work permits must be allowed to renew them before they expire.More news: What is the Tide pod challenge and how did it start?
"Time is running out to pass a permanent legislative solution for DACA recipients", said U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), Co-chair of the Republican Main Street Caucus.
Former DACA recipients whose grant expired before that date cannot request a renewal, but they can file a new request, the agency said. That suit challenges the decision to end the program.More news: Daniil Medvedev fights back to beat Alex De Minaur in Sydney final