Washington (USA) | Jagran News Desk: Amid backlash over his decision to ask all international students to leave US if their universities offer classes ‘entirely online’, President Donald Trump on Saturday said that is working on an executive order to establish a merit-based immigration system.

In an interview with Telemundo News channel, the US President said that he is working on an executive order on immigration that will include a "road to citizenship" for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme.

Trump noted that his action on the DACA is going to be part of a much bigger bill on immigration, adding that his bill is going to be “very big, a very good bill, and a merit-based bill” and people will like it a lot.

"One of the aspects of the bill is going to be DACA. We're going to have a road to citizenship," Trump said, drawing sharp criticism from quarters in his camp.

In the interview, Trump also alleged that the Opposition broke the deal with him on the DACA. He said that the recent Supreme Court ruling gave the president tremendous powers when they said that you could take in, in this case, 700,000 or so people.

“I had a deal with the Democrats and they broke the deal. The DACA could have been taken care of two years ago, but the Democrats broke the deal. All of a sudden they just broke it for no reason. Actually, they had a court case that slightly went their way, and they said, 'Oh, let's not talk about the deal anymore,” he said.

"Based on the powers that they (SC) gave, I'm going to be doing an immigration bill. One of the aspects of the bill that you will be very happy with, and that a lot of people will be, including me and a lot of Republicans, by the way, will be the DACA. It will give them a road to citizenship," Trump added.

The statements from Trump came days after the US announced that all international students will be asked to leave the country if their universities offer classes ‘entirely online’.

In a statement, US Immigration and Custom Enforcement had said that nonimmigrant F-1 and M-1 students attending schools operating entirely online may not take a full online course load and remain in the country.

Following Trump’s statements, said that the US President is working on an executive order to establish a merit-based immigration system.

“Furthermore, the president has long said he is willing to work with the Congress on a negotiated legislative solution to DACA, one that could include citizenship, along with strong border security and permanent merit-based reforms,” the White House said.

(With PTI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma