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Charles WatsonSep 5, 2017, 11:46 pm

Local lawmakers criticize Trump, look ahead after DACA decision

Almost 800,000 young immigrants were protected by the program

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After the Trump White House announced the dismantling of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, lawmakers in New Jersey criticized the Preisdent's decision and called on residents to appeal to congress to help protect vulnerable 'Dreamers'.

"He didn't have to do this," Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. said. "Legally DACA can stay in place without congress taking any action.

With the ball now in congress' court, Pallone Jr. says that he is not confident the Republican majority will get much done.

"They could pass a bill that basically enacts DACA into law so that if you're a certain age you've been registered can stay here and continue to get a work permit, get a driver's license and go to college and not be detained or deported. But I don't want to give an impression that that's going to happen, I'd like it to happen." Pallone, Jr. said.

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