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Trump kills "Dreamer" program – Obama is upset

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 | World News

Former US President Barack Obama has criticized the ending of the protection program for children of illegal immigrants as "wrong" and "cruel" by his successor Donald Trump. "To target these young people is wrong – they did not do anything wrong," Obama wrote on Facebook.

Young people who have grown up in the USA are affected by children who have "learned at our schools", those who are beginners, "patriots". Obama added, "And she (the decision) is cruel."

He had enacted the Decree on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) in 2012, which gave hundreds of thousands of children without valid papers a right to reside and protect them from deportation.

Obama's successor Trump had declared the program on Tuesday to be over. He justified his decision by saying that "American workers" should have priority. "Our first and highest priority in immigration reform is to improve jobs, salaries and security for American workers and their families," Trump said in a written statement.

"We should remember that the young Americans also have dreams," added the US President. The young people who benefit from Daca are referred to as "Dreamer" ("Dreamer") according to an originally prepared draft law called "Dream Act".

 Around 800,000 young people are affected by the termination of the program. They have a six-month grace period: until the 5th of March, 2018, the Congress now has time to find a new legal regulation for those concerned, as Elaine Duke, the current Home Secretary, declared. However, if Congress does not find a compromise, the affected parties are illegal in the US as soon as their residence permit expires.

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