Program to protect 'Dreamers' is 'probably dead'

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Then-President Barack Obama created DACA by executive order in 2012, but Trump announced a year ago that he was discontinuing it and gave lawmakers until March 5 (when the program is set to expire) to come up with a permanent legislative solution for these young migrants, who otherwise could face deportation even though for many of them the United States is the only country they have ever called home.

In a statement issued Saturday, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said those previously granted deferred action under DACA may request renewal by filing the proper forms.

Trump has expressed support for legislation to allow DREAMers to stay in the USA but wants it linked to funding a wall on the border with Mexico.

And President Trump tweeted on Wednesday, "It just shows everyone how broken and unfair our Court System is when the opposing side in a case (such as DACA) always runs to the 9th Circuit and nearly always wins before being reversed by higher courts". "I think he is a racist".

Inside the White House, staffers were largely unfazed, even as the political and diplomatic fallout mounted. Republicans at the meeting mostly have declined to discuss the talks in detail.

Republican Senator Jeff Flake said Sunday he was told about the remarks by colleagues who attended the meeting, before the news reports emerged. I want safety and security for our people. The White House has not denied that Trump said the word "shithole", though Trump did push back on some depictions of the meeting. They are doing nothing to fix DACA.

"They just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our Military", he tweeted.

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Trump said in a second tweet Sunday that he wanted more aggressive measures in any deal: "I, as President, want people coming into our Country who are going to help us become strong and great again, people coming in through a system based on MERIT".

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday that a program that protects illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children from being deported would "probably" be discontinued.

The president has demanded extra border security, including funding for a wall, as well as an end to family-based chain migration and the visa lottery program. The dreamers would be allowed to stay but not become USA citizens, according to Flake.

Trump announced in September he was scrapping the DACA program but delayed enforcement to give Congress six months - until March - to craft a lasting solution.

The announcement comes four days after a federal judge in San Francisco ordered the Trump administration to restart the DACAprogram until a lawsuit challenging the administration's decision to end the program plays out in court.

Efforts to extend the program are further complicated because it could make a funding bill to avert a government shutdown due Friday more hard.