President Donald Trump announced on Saturday that the United States will soon have a “merit-based” immigration system. Recently, Trump told Telemundo News channel that the White House is working on an immigration bill that will act as a “road to citizenship” in link with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme.

“It’s going to be a very big bill, a very good bill, and a merit-based bill and it will include DACA, and I think people are going to be very happy. One of the aspects of the bill is going to be DACA. We’re going to have a road to citizenship,” Trump had said in the interview with Telemundo News.

Trump was criticised heavily for his statement, with Senator Ted Cruz calling it a “mistake”.

“As the President announced today, he is working on an executive order to establish a merit-based immigration system to further protect US workers,” the White House said in a statement.

“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 statement read further.

The White House said that the bill does not include amnesty, adding that the Democrats have refused the offers because “they are opposed to anything other than totally open borders”.