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Pinoys facing deportation in US assured of assistance

MALACAÑANG has assured Filipinos who will be affected by US President Donald Trump’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that they will receive assistance from the government.

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella told Palace reporters in his briefing that the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), through the government’s embassy and consular officials and staff, is closely coordinating with the members of the Filipino community in the United States following termination of the program.

“We will provide assistance, through the use of the Assistance to Nationals Fund and the Legal Assistance Fund, to Filipinos who may end up getting deported as a result of Washington’s decision,” Abella said.

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said an estimated 10,000 Filipinos would be affected by the termination of the immigration program put in place in 2012 by then-US President Barack Obama.

DACA protects from deportation immigrants brought into the US illegally as children. For five years, the executive order allowed up to 800,000 young immigrants to remain in the US legally for school and for work.

Hundreds of undocumented youth and their families, immigration advocates, and just plain angry Americans poured into Fifth Avenue in front of the Trump Tower building to protest the termination of DACA.