‘Dreamers’ could lose more than their jobs if immigration program dies

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The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program gave unauthorized immigrants who were brought to the United States before age 16 temporary work authorization and relief from deportation. It indirectly made them eligible for certain benefits they couldn’t get before, though not as many as citizens and permanent residents get.

On Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security said it had begun “an orderly wind-down” of the program after Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he believes that President Barack Obama’s order creating the program in 2012 was an “unconstitutional exercise of authority by the executive branch.”

In a tweet Tuesday, President Trump said, “Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA. … If they can’t, I will revisit this issue!” But the next day he tweeted, “For all of those (DACA) that are concerned about your status during the 6 month period, you have nothing to worry about — No action.”

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