Americans are dreamers too: Trump

ANI | Updated: Jan 31, 2018 13:37 IST

Washington DC [United States], Jan 31 (ANI): United States President Donald Trump has played off the ongoing efforts to reach a deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), in his first official State of the Union speech saying, that the "Americans are dreamers too."

"So tonight I am extending an open hand to work with members of both parties, Democrats and Republicans, to protect OUR CITIZENS, of every background, color, religion, and creed," Trump said.

"My duty, and the sacred duty of every elected official in this chamber, is to defend Americans - to protect their safety, their families, their communities, and their right to the American Dream. Because Americans are dreamers too," Trump added.

The word Dreamer is used to refer to the group of undocumented immigrants, who came to the US as children.

The DREAM Act - an acronym that stands for Development, Relief, and Education of Alien Minors, if you're wondering - was introduced in the Senate in 2001. The act gave the name to that generation of immigrants: the DREAMers.

Furthermore, Trump outlined his offer of a path to citizenship to 1.8 million "Dreamers" who were brought to this country illegally by their parents.

Immigration was the single issue Trump spent the most time discussing, taking up nearly 650 words, according to the reports. (ANI)