Poll: Slight majority wants protections for young immigrants
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A majority of Americans want Congress to enact a law that would protect young people who entered the country illegally as children from being deported, according to an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Thursday.

A slim majority of respondents — 53 percent — said lawmakers should take action on legislation that would shield the young immigrants, who had received protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program enacted by former President Obama.

President Trump announced he would wind down that program, but he has also said he is willing to work with Congress on legislation to protect the recipients.

Another 23 percent said Congress should not take action on the matter and allow DACA to end, the poll found.

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Among those surveyed, Republicans — particularly loyal supporters of Trump — were significantly more likely to support an end to DACA's protections without lawmakers taking action. Overall, 39 percent of Republicans polled said the protections should end, while 29 percent said otherwise.

But for those Republicans who said their loyalty lies mostly with their party, 32 percent support congressional action on DACA's protections, while 26 percent favor an end to them. 

Among Trump loyalists, 49 percent want DACA to end and only 15 percent said Congress should codify the program's protections.

Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsConservatives moving to impeach Rosenstein soon: report Senators urge DOJ to probe whether Russians posed as Islamic extremist hackers to harass US military families The Hill's Morning Report — Trump readies for Putin summit: 'He’s not my enemy’ MORE announced earlier this month that the Trump administration would phase out the Obama-era DACA over the next six months. In the meantime, the program's beneficiaries have until Oct. 5 to reapply for another two-year permit.

Democratic and some Republican lawmakers have called on Congress to act swiftly to pass the DREAM Act, which would enshrine DACA's deportation protections into law and offer certain immigrants a path to permanent residency.

Trump in a tweet earlier this month said that if Congress is unable to reach a deal on DACA's protections, he would revisit his decision to rescind the program.