House panel moves to bar deportation of military 'Dreamers'

House panel moves to bar deportation of military 'Dreamers'
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The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday approved an amendment protecting from deportation recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that are active-duty military or veterans.
 
The amendment, approved by a voice vote with no opposition, would block funds from being used to deport DACA recipients who went on to serve in the military.
 
Rep. Pete AguilarPeter (Pete) Ray AguilarLeft flexes muscle in immigration talks Immigration groups press for pairing Dreamer benefits with border security Lawmakers haggling over border dollars much lower than Trump's demand MORE (D-Calif.) sponsored the amendment, which will be included in the Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill, due for a vote late Wednesday evening. 
 
DACA was an Obama-era program that extended protections to immigrants brought into the country illegally as children — a larger group typically referred to as "Dreamers." President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rosenstein at DOJ McCabe says ‘it’s possible’ Trump is a Russian asset McCabe: Trump ‘undermining the role of law enforcement’ MORE moved to end the program, though its fate remains in flux as it works its way through the court system, which has thus far ruled that the program’s protections should continue in the interim period.
 
DACA has become a central bargaining chip in the immigration debate. A “compromise” immigration bill that would have funded President Trump’s border wall and granted legal cover for DACA recipients was voted down earlier in the summer. 
 
 
But in April, The Washington Post reported that Immigration and Customs Enforcement was moving to deport a Chinese immigrant who was enlisted in the Army.