Trump Administration Will Allow Eligible Young Undocumented Immigrants to Stay in the U.S. and Wor

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - A big sigh of relief today for lots of undocumented immigrants living in the Rio Grande Valley.

This comes as President Donald Trump reversed course and decided to keep an Obama-era program that protects hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation.

During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump pledged to eliminate the "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" program, also known as DACA.

However, the Department of Homeland Security will now continue the program.

Local leaders in the valley, like Bishop Daniel Flores, say DACA not only protects "Dreamers" from deportation, but it also it gives them an opportunity to thrive in this country.

"This is issue from the very beginning. Whether it was in congress, or the administration, or before the courts... It has been an issue about helping young people to really live up to their aspirations, and have a chance or opportunity to work and live freely in this country, and to get an education," said Flores.

Although the program does "not" give DACA recipients residency status, it does protect them temporarily from deportation.

Recipients of the program, Angel and Remy Vargas were brought to the U.S. from Mexico at such an early age.

The two brothers say their lives would change drastically if they weren't protected by the program.

"We grew up here. This is all we know. This is the life we grew up knowing. If we get sent back or deported, we wouldn't know what to do over there," said the two brothers.

The administration's decision to keep DACA for now does not rule out Trump from terminating it later on, like he did with the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents program, known as DAPA.


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