September 5, 2017 / 8:38 PM / 10 months ago

Trump says he has 'great heart' for immigrant 'Dreamers'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he has “great heart” for illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children and he wants Congress to produce a legislative solution for them.

Protestors gather outside the Trump International Hotel to protest President Donald Trump's plan to repeal DACA in Washington, U.S., September 5, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

“I have a great heart for the folks we’re talking about, a great love for them,” Trump said after his administration announced earlier Tuesday it was phasing out a programme that protects the so-called Dreamers from deportation.

“I can tell you in speaking to members of Congress they want to be able to do something and do it right and really we have no choice,” Trump told reporters.

Reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by Eric Beech; Editing by Eric Walsh

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