White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday that the administration is introducing “major changes” to immigration policies.
Sanders’ comments came on the heels of an immigration-related hearing, which included testimony from Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
During the hearing, Kelly noted that the Trump administration is considering a proposal to end a policy that allows immigrants to receive legal status without having to prove they are in the U.S. illegally.
Kelly also reiterated that Trump would not reverse the executive order that allowed his travel ban to take effect.
Kelly added that the “administration is not seeking to unilaterally rescind the Executive Order that was issued on January 27, 2017, and we have been very clear that we are not going to do that.”
Sanders said during the hearing that the government is not trying to deport people who are in this country legally.
“We have to protect the safety of Americans,” Sanders said.
Sessions also addressed the immigration debate during the same hearing.
“We have not seen an effort from the administration to try to deport the families who have been in this nation for generations,” Sessions said.
“There are a lot of families that have been here for a long time.
We’re not trying make it easier for those families to come to the United States.
We are trying to protect American citizens and the United State.
And we’re going to continue to enforce the law.”
Kelly also said that the Justice Department has begun drafting a memo to address the question of whether to issue an executive order to remove DACA recipients.