Houston Chronicle -- Lomi Kriel
Others praised his efforts, however, pointing out that it was a key part of his campaign and part of why many voters elected him.
"The refugee flow is overthrowing the existing order in Europe and it's part of the reason the U.S. government was overthrown in the fall," said Roy Beck, who heads NumbersUSA, a powerful national advocacy group that supports reducing immigration and whose platform was nearly mirrored by Trump's campaign. He said he hopes Trump cuts yearly immigration in half to 500,000 people so that resources can be poured instead into Americans.
"We've got to work on getting numbers down everywhere," he said.
A huge question remains about how the president will act on the more than 700,000 immigrants who came here illegally as children. Trump repeatedly has said he would repeal the Obama program, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, that protects them. Recently he appeared to back down, however, suggesting on ABC News this week that such youth "shouldn't be very worried."
Beck of NumbersUSA said he expected Trump to end the program by allowing the two-year work permits to expire. He imagined a more permanent solution might be enacted for them once other levels of immigration are reduced.
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Updated: Wed, Aug 30th 2017 @ 3:45pm EDT