Fate of DACA Program Still Uncertain

Despite promises to roll back Obama's executive orders on immigration, President Trump has so far left intact an order safeguarding 750,000 immigrants currently protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Reuters reported. The program allows young people who were brought into the country as children to stay and obtain work permits.

The omission from the past week's blitz of immigration orders has left immigration advocates hopeful Trump has softened his opposition to what he once derided as "illegal amnesty," reported The Associated Press.

The cost associated with repealing DACA could leave a $60 billion hole in the federal budget, according to one conservative economist, along with a $280 billion reduction in economic growth over the next decade.

Trump and Republican leaders in Congress have said they are working on a plan that will address the status of DACA recipients. Neither the president nor GOP leaders have disclosed details on their discussions, although both have suggested those currently protected under the program would not face immediate deportation. According to the AP, advocates on both sides are expecting a compromise in which the president perhaps ends DACA and then works with Congress on a permanent solution that allows these immigrants to stay in the country.


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