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‘Dreamer’ issue adds to packed U.S. congressional agenda

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The U.S. Congress, back from vacation on Tuesday, already had its plate full with urgent fiscal and disaster relief issues when President Donald Trump saddled it with deciding the fate of people brought illegally to the United States as children.

The future of almost 800,000 young “Dreamers,” protected from deportation by the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, now rests with lawmakers who have failed repeatedly to deal effectively with immigration issues.

Trump on Tuesday scrapped DACA while giving Congress six months to do something about it.

Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona said permanent legislation to fix the immigration system had been Congress’ prerogative all along, and that lawmakers should and could act quickly.

“There’s a program, kids are protected by it, they are going to lose that protection if we don’t act,” Flake said.

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