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Editorial: Congress must act quickly to protect Dreamers

Editorial: Congress must act quickly to protect Dreamers

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Washington, D.C., September 6, 2017 | comments

No one should be surprised that President Trump would seek to end President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Promising a hard line on immigration issues on the campaign trail, Trump made only the mildest statements of support for the 800,000 Dreamers protected by the program since taking office, promising they could “rest easy,” and that he would show “great heart” in his decision but never giving the program explicit backing.

Since it went into effect five years ago, DACA has afforded 800,000 young immigrants — those who came here as children under the age of 16 with their undocumented parents — temporary relief from deportation. To be eligible, enrollees had to be in high school or have a diploma or a veteran who has served honorably and not have been convicted of a felony or significant misdemeanor.


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