DACA recipients fear future after program fix isn’t in spending bill

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Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals Program recipients in the Hudson Valley and across the country are worried for their futures since a fix for DACA was not included in the spending bill President Donald Trump signed last week.

Maria Jose Guzman, 19, came to Yonkers from Mexico City for a chance go to school, volunteer and work. She is legally allowed to stay in the U.S. under DACA. Neighbors Link, which provides services to Westchester immigrants, says it's unclear how long DACA recipients can stay in the U.S. or if they are protected against deportation.

“As of now, we're stuck in limbo. We don't know what to do, what's going on. So many things changing,” says Guzman.

Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending plan last week that failed to revive DACA. The program was set to expire March 5, but federal judges delayed the termination.

But no one new can apply for the program. Instead, the Trump administration is promising to secure borders, as Vice President Mike Pence reminded supporters this week.

“President Trump signed into law border wall funding that will provide for nearly 100 miles of border wall,” said Pence. “Let me make you a promise - when it comes to building the wall, we're going to build it all.”

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