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Trump signals possible change on immigrants

Published:Thursday | December 8, 2016 | 10:53 AM

President-elect Donald Trump has said he will "work something out" to help immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children and granted work visas by President Barack Obama.

Trump has promised to undo Obama's executive actions, leading to fears among immigrant advocates that he would end Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme.

Hundreds of thousands of young immigrants have gained work visas and temporary protection from deportation under the 2012 programme.

In an interview with Time magazine, Trump said: "We're going to work something out that's going to make people happy and proud."

Trump did not offer details, but said: "They got brought here at a very young age, they've worked here, they've gone to school here. ... And they're in never-never land because they don't know what's going to happen."

Meanwhile, The New York Times is reporting that last week's telephone call between Trump and Taiwan's president was the result of six months of behind-the-scenes work by former Senator Bob Dole, acting on behalf of the Taiwanese government.

The call was a breach of diplomatic protocol, and Trump advisers have made conflicting statements about whether it signalled a new policy toward China.

Dole, a former Senate Republican leader and the 1996 Republican presidential nominee, told The Times that the Taiwanese leadership is "very optimistic" because "they see a new president, a Republican, and they'd like to develop a closer relationship".