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Vermont officials criticize DACA decision

Posted September 5

— Vermont officials are criticizing the Trump administration's decision to phase out a government program that protects hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought into the United States illegally as children.

Vermont's congressional delegation called the decision cruel.

The program, known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA, has provided nearly 800,000 young immigrants a reprieve from deportation. The Trump administration announced Tuesday it's rescinding the program and leaving it to Congress to come up with an alternative

Republican Vermont Gov. Phil Scott says he hopes Congress will act. He says immigrants historically have had "a very positive impact in our country" and in Vermont "their contributions continue today."

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