First daughter Ivanka Trump urges Congress to come up with a permanent solution to the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Ivanka attended the Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summit last Monday, where she spoke during the immigration debate, focusing on what happens to the Dreamers once DACA has ended, CNN reported.
Debate moderator Nina Easton asked Ivanka, "What role should the Dreamers be playing in the future workforce?" while also highlighting that they are about 800,000 young immigrants under 25 years mostly consisting of women.
Speaking about immigration issues for the first time since her father Donald J. Trump took the presidency, Ivanka said that the aftermath of ending the DACA program is a "very complicated issue" and that it needs a "long-term congressional fix."
Ivanka then explained that she supports her father's decision of pushing for a more permanent solution for undocumented immigrants after the DACA program has officially ended.
"I personally am of the opinion and the President has stated that we have to figure out a good solution that protects these innocent people, many of whom were brought into this country as children. There has to be a long-term fix and it cannot be bandaged over at a presidential level through another executive order that can be rescinded through another administration," Ivanka said.
President Trump ended DACA this October but said that Congress should work to make the program permanent within six months.
However, this might be extremely difficult after the White House released a list of immigration policies that needed to be implemented in exchange for protection of the undocumented immigrants.
The list was made of Republican priorities for strengthening immigration security, such as penetrating sanctuary cities, increasing staff members, and limiting options for immigrants to avail of green cards.
This means that family categorization will have a stricter breakdown and the employment-based system will have a big reform.