- Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday that young unauthorized immigrants serving in the military and protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will not be deported.
- He added that the only exceptions were for those who commit "serious" felonies or have deportation orders signed by a judge.
- There are roughly 800 DACA recipients, also known as "Dreamers," currently serving in the military.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Thursday that service members in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program will not be deported, other than a few exceptions, even as lawmakers debate the fate of children brought to the United States illegally.
Until now, the fate of about 800 service members in the program had not been clear.
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