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White House: President Trump to announce decision on DACA Tuesday

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WASHINGTON (AP) -

President Donald Trump will announce his decision on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program next week, officials said.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President Trump will release his plans on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

Sanders' statement came a day after Fox News reported President Trump plans to end the program in its current form.

Trump had railed against the program during his campaign, slamming it as illegal "amnesty." But he changed his tune after the election, calling DACA one of the most difficult issues he's grappled with.

Sanders told reporters the details of President Donald Trump's decision are "being finalized as we speak."

She said Trump "loves people" and wants to make sure the decision is made correctly.

The White House has offered several different timelines for the announcement. Trump himself had said it would happen sometime over the weekend, or later Friday.

He later told reporters the announcement would likely come Monday at the latest.

He's faces a Sept. 5 deadline from Republican state lawmakers trying to force his hand.

House Speaker Paul Ryan and another Republican urged Trump not to rescind the protections.

Ryan was asked about Trump's rumored move to roll back protections for such children on Wisconsin radio station WCLO. Ryan said, "I actually don't think we should do that."

"This is something that Congress has to fix," Ryan said.

Utah GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch sent out a statement and urged Trump not to revoke former President Barack Obama's efforts to protect "individuals who entered our country unlawfully as children through no fault of their own and who have built their lives here."

The program has given nearly 800,000 people a reprieve from deportations. It has also provided the ability to work legally in the U.S. in the form of two-year, renewable work permits - permits the Trump administration has continued to grant as the president has mulled the issue.

Activists on both sides of the issue - as well as some people close to the White House - expected the president to announce this week that he will move to dismantle the program, perhaps by halting new applications and renewals.

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